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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asserts China is not blocking India’s entry into NSG

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday insisted that China is not blocking India’s entry to the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG) but is talking about the criteria and procedures. ‘The NSG entry is crucial for India’s energy policy. China is not blocking India’s entry to the NSG. It is only talking about criteria and procedures’ I am hopeful that we would be able to convince China to support our entry to the NSG,’ Swaraj said.The External Affairs Minister asserted India is not going to oppose entry of any nation to the NSG, adding that their application should be considered on merit basis.

‘As far as entry of Pakistan is concerned, India, being a non-member of the NSG, cannot comment on their entry and their role. But we will not oppose entry of any nation to the NSG and will support their bid. We think that the application of each country should be considered on the basis of their merit,’ she said. Swaraj also expressed hope that by the end of this year, India will become a member of the 48-nation club dedicated to curbing nuclear arms proliferation by controlling the export and re-transfer of materials that could foster nuclear weapons development.

‘I think that there is a consensus which is being made and I am sure that India will become the member of the NSG this year,’ she said.

 

Islamabad, which enjoys the backing of its close ally China, has also responded to India’s membership bid and asked for its admission as well.

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