The US has said that there is a path forward for India to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group by the end of the year. The US reaction came after the the group’s plenary meeting ended without considering India’s request for membership.
India has accused China for raising procedural issues to stonewall India’s entry into the elite group
“We are confident that we have got a path forward by the end of this year,” PTI quoted a top Obama administration official said.
“It needs some work. But we are confident that India would be a full member of the NSG by the end of the year,”
“We expected a discussion on the role that India will play and where it has been,” said the official.
“We were able to end discussion this week and we have a clear path forward for India to become a full member by the end of the year,” the official said.
“Our expectations is that this would be finished by the end of this year,” the official said.
Narendra Modi government has campaigned aggressively for India’s cause. But China took a position saying that non NPT nations should not be entered into NSG
Pakistan also applied for NSG membership.
In 2008 during the deliberations of the Indo US civil nuclear agreement NSG waived its rules for India to conduct nuclear discussion with other countries
At that time China did not oppose India’s move, which was also supported by the US.
Switzerland a country which had earlier offered support for India backed from their promise in the last minute
Decisions in NSG are made on consensus basis.
Opposition parties in India had ridiculed Modi government for its failure in the diplomatic front. Congress termed it as huge diplomatic let down and an embarrassment for the country.