Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar confirmed Friday that PM Narendra Modi is expected to strongly push for India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) during his visit to Switzerland, Mexico and the US.
“This has been the objective we pursued for many years. I think we have made a lot of progress and that has led us to formally apply for the NSG membership some days ago. We are engaged with all NSG members,” he said.
Jaishankar said India was looking at a major domestic expansion in the nuclear power sector, besides a “very large” international collaboration with different countries, and its entry into the NSG would help its objective of having clean energy.
Stressing that India not signing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty should not be linked to its NSG membership bid, he said India fulfilled all its commitments relating to the atomic sector. “We have a very solid record… The NSG has already made one exception for us. In a sense, our credentials have been examined, a judgement was arrived at in 2008. In 2008… we gave commitments on separation of our nuclear programme, between civil and the strategic side. We agreed to accept and implement additional protocol… we faithfully followed up,” he said, adding that NSG membership to India was the “logical next step”.