NSG meet underway in Bern, India says in touch with member nations
New Delhi: India on Thursday said it was in touch with member countries of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) over its application for membership into the 48-nation bloc which is at present holding a crucial meeting in the Swiss capital Bern.
“The NSG meeting is going on. Our application for membership is under consideration. We are in touch with all the NSG member countries,” foreign ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
The NSG meeting began on 19 June and is scheduled to conclude on Friday.
China has been opposing India’s NSG membership bid primarily on the ground that it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Last week, China had said there was no change in its stance on admission of non-NPT states into the NSG.
The issue has become a major sticking point in bilateral relations between India and China.
After India’s application for NSG membership, Pakistan, China’s all-weather ally, too had applied with the tacit backing of Beijing. China’s opposition has made India’s entry into the group difficult as it is guided by the consensus principle. India is not a signatory to the NPT.