Update: Ahead of NSG meet in Vienna, China says “no change” in its stand on India’s membership bid.
New Delhi: UK PM Theresa May backs India’s UNSC, NSG bids on Monday when she attends meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed his British counterpart Theresa May. Ms May, who is holding bilateral talks over lunch with PM Modi this afternoon, said Britain would offer expedited clearance at the UK’s borders under a Registered Traveler Scheme to business travelers from India and with that she also tells that Britain always backs India’s NSG bid. Before her, The ex PM of Britain David Cameroon had assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the United Kingdom’s ‘firm support’ for India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group membership bid, a boost to the country ahead of the nuclear trading club’s crucial meeting next week.
Cameron confirmed Britain’s backing for India’s membership of the 48-nation NSG in a telephone call to Modi. A spokesperson said, “The prime minister spoke to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about India’s application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a group of nuclear supplier countries that works together to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons.”
“The prime minister confirmed that the UK would firmly support India’s application. They agreed that in order for the bid to be successful it would be important for India to continue to strengthen its non-proliferation credentials, including by reinforcing the separation between civil and military nuclear activity,” the spokesperson said.
The NSG looks after critical issues relating to nuclear sector and its members are allowed to trade in and export nuclear technology. Membership of the grouping will help India significantly expand its atomic energy sector.
India has been reaching out to NSG member countries seeking support for its entry. The NSG works under the principle of consensus and even one country’s vote against India will scuttle its bid.