New Delhi, March 29: External Affair minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that while no member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has explicitly opposed India’s membership, but a few concerns related to procedural & process issues have been raised. Swaraj, reiterated that the government is trying its best to attain NSG membership and said that India is engaged with NSG and individual members at appropriate levels to be included in the NSG. Also Read - Farmers' Stir: Canada Will Always Stand For Rights of Peaceful Protest, Reiterates Trudeau Amid Diplomatic Row With India
External Affair minister Swaraj in a written statement to the Parliament said that merits of India’s candidature has been recognised by a majority of NSG members. She further added that India has indeed received support from a diverse and large number of members of the group that apparently seeks to prevent nuclear proliferation. Also Read - US House of Representatives Passes Landmark Bill Legalising Marijuana in Federal Level
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One of the obstacle in India’s inclusion in the NSG has been the claims of China. however, the Swaraj’s Chinese counterparts have apparently said that they were open to India’s application for NSG membership, but again has cited ‘procedures and processes’ as the prime reason for opposing India’s NSG bid.
In the written statement to the Parliament, Swaraj also stated that India is engaged with NSG & individual members thereof at appropriate levels to seek membership of Group. While this could be fruitful for India’s inclusion into this group of nuclear countries, there is no clear indication as to when that will indeed be realised.