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Mexican salsa dampens Red Dragon's NSG fire

At Mexico's suggestion, an NSG meeting would be held this year to consider the entry criteria for non-NPT countries like India

New Delhi: NSG is likely to meet again before the end of the year to discuss membership of non-NPT signatories like India.

See you soon: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the SCO summit last week. Pic/PTI
See you soon: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the SCO summit last week. Pic/PTI

The 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is likely to meet again before the end of the year specially to discuss the process for granting membership to non-NPT signatories, thus providing another chance to India to press its claims after it failed to seal its entry into NSG at the plenary which concluded in Seoul on Friday.

Diplomatic sources yesterday said that at the suggestion of Mexico, it has now been decided that another meeting of NSG should be held before the end of the year to consider the entry criteria for non-NPT countries. Normally, the next meeting of NSG would have been held sometime next year.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We will keep impressing upon China that mutual accommodation of interests, concerns and priorities is necessary to move forward bilateral ties.”

Swarup also said that though India did not get “expected results” at the Seoul meeting, the country will continue to make determined efforts to get into NSG.

'India shouldn't accept membership'

Former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha yesterday flayed the Narendra Modi government over its vigorous push to get NSG membership. The BJP veteran said, "I say this very strongly that India should not accept the NSG membership. We should not go there as an applicant. Whatever we had to get, we have got it."

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