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India actively pursuing NSG membership: Sushma Swaraj

In a written reply, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Parliament today that India is constantly engaged in active discussions with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and its members to gain membership of the world’s foremost nuclear group. Swaraj also told the Parliament that excluding a few member countries, most other members recognize the merits of India’s candidature to the NSG. She said that India’s candidature has been supported by a large and diverse group of member countries, who vouch for India’s nuclear safety and non-proliferation credentials.

It may be recalled that most of the leading countries in the world including US, Japan and European countries have supported India’s candidature for the NSG. The only major roadblock is from China that has constantly denied India’s membership to the NSG. China has also dismissed India’s efforts to get Jaish-e-Muhammad’s chief Masood Azhar listed as a global terrorist. Swaraj pointed out to the issues being created by China by issuing a veiled statement, “While no member of NSG explicitly opposed India’s membership, certain procedural and process related issues have been raised by a few.”

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