Pakistan speeds up diplomacy, seeks support for NSG from Mexico, Italy

Nawaz Sharif

Reacting on US support to India for NSG, Pakistan has sought support from Mexico and Italy for its NSG membership bid, stepping up diplomatic efforts for its inclusion in the elite 48-nation bloc. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz spoke about the indiscriminatory behaviour of NSG and sought support from Russia, New Zealand, South Sudan and South Korea.

“Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz spoke over telephone with Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu as part of Pakistan’s continuing diplomatic efforts towards mobilising support for Pakistan’s application for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” a Foreign Office statement said here.

He highlighted Pakistan’s credentials for the NSG membership with a view to seek Mexico’s support. Aziz elaborated about Pakistan’s technical experience, capability and well-established commitment to non-proliferation and nuclear safety and security.

Pakistan pointed to a non -discriminatory approach on NSG by highlighting that the country have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to which Mexican Foreign Minister agreed to it.

Significantly, Mexico had expressed its backing to India this week during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi there. The Mexican support followed that of the US and Switzerland. Japan too has expressed its support for India’s inclusion.

“Adviser Sartaj Aziz spoke with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentilioni to seek support for Pakistan application for NSG membership. They had a very cordial exchange,” Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria tweeted on Wednesday.

Pakistan government has stepped up diplomatic efforts in mobilising support for Pakistan’s application for NSG membership, Aziz had earlier this week also spoke over telephone with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

On Wednesday, Aziz also contacted Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully and Foreign Minister of Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se.

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