Pakistan brags about 'halting' India's NSG bid at Seoul

Jun 28, 2016, 08:04 IST | Agencies

Top diplomat Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan’s intensive lobbying helped in preventing India from gaining entry into the 48-nation group

Islamabad: Pakistan’s intensive diplomatic lobbying, including letters written by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his 17 counterparts, prevented India from gaining entry into the NSG, the country’s top diplomat claimed yesterday.

Sartaj Aziz (left) said Pak PM Nawaz Sharif wrote letters to 17 countries about Pakistan’s position on the NSG entry.  File Pics
Sartaj Aziz (left) said Pak PM Nawaz Sharif wrote letters to 17 countries about Pakistan’s position on the NSG entry.
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Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that hectic diplomatic efforts were made to inform the world leaders about Pakistan's position on the NSG entry. “Prime Minister Sharif personally wrote letters to 17 prime ministers of different countries on the matter, which is on record,” Aziz said.

Pak PM Nawaz SharifPak PM Nawaz Sharif

The NSG meeting last week failed to achieve consensus over the entry of India as some countries including China objected that the being non-NPT signatory, India was not eligible for the membership. Pakistan has been trumpeting it as success but it at the same time it was seldom mentioned here what happened to its own application for the membership.

China says

Days after India blamed "one country" for blocking its entry into NSG, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at the plenary meeting in Seoul, "many countries had expressed their views on the accession of non-NPT countries into the group."

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