PM Modi raises NSG bid with Erdogan; Scorpene leak with Hollande

The discussion with Erdogan on NSG was significant as Turkey was among the few countries -- along with China.

By: PTI | Hangzhou | Updated: September 5, 2016 6:40 pm
Hangzhou: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China on Monday. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma(PTI9_5_2016_0023A) Hangzhou: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China on Monday. (Source: PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday discussed India’s NSG membership with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and also raised the issue of the confidential data leak of the Indian Scorpene Class submarines with French President Francois Holland on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. On the second and final day of the summit in this east Chinese city, Modi met Erdogan and Hollande in separate “pull-aside” meetings.

Prior to that, he met Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May and held discussions on “building opportunities” in the aftermath of UK’s decision to exit the European Union. In his meeting with Erdogan, the prime minister discussed the issue of India’s membership of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.

The discussion with Erdogan on NSG was significant as Turkey was among the few countries — along with China — which had stalled India’s bid to join the elite grouping at its plenary meeting in June in Seoul. China had then raised objection saying India was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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Turkey too raised its concern over the presence of supporters of dissident Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it accuses of masterminding the failed July coup attempt, in India. Swarup said enhancing civil aviation with Turkey also figured during the discussions. In his bilateral meeting with Hollande, Modi raised the leak of sensitive data related to Scorpene Class submarines. “This issues has also figured,” Swarup said.

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Over 22,000 pages of secret data on the capabilities of six highly-advanced submarines being built for the Indian Navy in Mumbai in collaboration with French defence company DCNS were leaked. The data leak reportedly happened overseas. With May, the prime minister underlined that even after
UK’s exit from the EU, “Britain remains an important partner” for India.

“May also referred to the recent passage of GST (bill) which would further boost trade and investment ties with the UK. She supported PM’s reform agenda and the UK is keen to participate in Make in India, Smartcity and Skill India initiatives,” he said. The two leaders discussed further enhancing of the defence partnership and Modi invited UK firms to India. They also talked about the challenges of terrorism, calling it “the biggest threat and danger to the world with no boundaries,” Swarup said.

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Modi and May also discussed enhancing counter-terrorism cooperation between India and the UK, the spokesperson said. May, UK’s second woman prime minister after Margaret Thatcher, also underlined the importance Britain attaches to the Indian diaspora in the UK. Modi had congratulated May, who succeded David Cameron after he quit following UK’s decision to exit the 28-member world’s largest single market EU, on her assumption of the new responsibility on July 27 and had affirmed India’s commitment to further strengthen the strategic bilateral partnership.

In his final bilateral meeting here, Modi held talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri. Modi was accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit
Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during the brief meeting with the French president. Modi yesterday briefly interacted with US President Barack Obama and had a bilateral with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He also had separate meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman yesterday.

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    Balagopal
    Sep 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm
    Despite PM Modi's high profile meetings with world leaders will investors flock to India? Not likely as history shows.dia unfortunately for the most part still remains largely lawless and ungovernable a fact most elected rulers accuse their predecessors for. PM Modi should use his mive electoral majority for "parivartan" (it was his election promise) to clean up India internally and make it a nation of laws for its citizens. Modernize police forces and judiciary and get rid of criminals from parliament and state legislatures by amending peoples representation act without any delay. This will surely be fiercely resisted by most politicians and the babus!
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      Kabir
      Sep 5, 2016 at 9:42 am
      Why the PM keeps looking at camera all the time? that too in such high level meetings?
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        Ashok Mazumdar
        Sep 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm
        छा गिया गुरू मोदी साब lt;br/gt;तालि बजाओlt;br/gt;और चौड़आ हो गिया सीनाlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;हम अकेले ही पकि को कब्जाlt;br/gt;मि ले लेंगेlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;सब देखते रहे जाइंगे.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BOL BHARAT MATA
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        1. Devisahai Meena
          Sep 5, 2016 at 10:34 am
          Without signing NPT-treaty , the 48-member-NSG , rarely allow any other to join . Why Presidential PM of India is ignorant of ?
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            prem
            Sep 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm
            Scorpene leak, India you have got to get rid of the Scorpions Submarine they are no good to India now, you must build your own submarines. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;prem
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