At the Nuclear Security Group plenary meeting in Seoul Thursday, it appears that China is not the sole opponent of India’s induction into the 48-member group.
Brazil, Austria, New Zealand, Ireland and Turkey have opposed India’s NSG bid citing its non-NPT status, according to news agency ANI. Mexico, however, made good of its promise to back India’s bid at the meeting after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought their support during his recent visit to the country.
It must have come as a surprise to India after Brazil, a key ally and member of the BRICS, has put its foot down against its bid. A clear consensus among the member states is yet to emerge regarding India’s accession to the group.
Interestingly, no discussion took place on the induction of Pakistan to the NSG, despite China backing its bid.
PM Modi today met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. According to the Ministry of External Affair (MEA), PM Modi urged China to make a fair and objective assessment of India’s application on merit.
Pakistan President, who is also in Tashkent for the SCO, told Xi Jinping that any exemptions given to a country for NSG membership could disturb strategic stability in South Asia.
India currently has the backing of France, USA, Japan among others.