India’s bid to entry into Nuclear Security Group hit another roadblock with more countries expressing reservations. Brazil, New Zealand and Austria joined China in its effort to stall India’s entry into the elite club.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s foriegn minstry in a statetment asked NSG to include non-NPT countries also in their fold. Pakistan is also trying their bit to get entry into the NSG.
The NSG meeting is set to sart in Seoul on Thursday. If the meeting is inconclusive, deliberations may continue on Friday.
The meeting of the 48-member NSG will be under closed-doors.The session will convened by Argentinian Chairperson Rafael Grossi. Both Argentina and host South Korea have been supportive of India’s case for a membership in the past year, and delegates from both countries are understood to have worked on setting up a special formal session on Thursday evening.
The Indian diplomatic team led by Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar has been meeting delegations from different countries to ramping up efforts.
Japan is understood to have even welcomed India’s application, calling for it to be considered.
US, UK and France proclaimed support to India.