In another crucial backing for India’s NSG bid, Mexico on Thursday supported “positively” and “constructively” its membership of the 48-nation bloc as the two countries agreed to develop a roadmap to upgrade bilateral ties to a strategic partnership.
This statement of support was made by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mexico.
The Prime Minister’s five-nation tour, which concludes with Mexico visit, saw the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) agenda on top and Modi pushed for support from important countries as India’s application comes up for consideration.
Switzerland and the US have already committed to supporting India for membership into the NSG. Mexico and Switzerland were initially not part of the Prime Minister’s itinerary but were later added specifically for the NSG agenda.
India’s hurry also stems from the fact that the NSG meeting in Vienna takes place today and tomorrow and later on June 23 in Seoul. During these plenary meetings, the 48-nation grouping will be discussing India’s bid and India is keen that its application goes through.
For India, the biggest worry comes from China which is already making a case that since India has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it cannot be allowed into the NSG. China also wants that Pakistan to be given entry into the NSG if India is allowed. India, according to people familiar with the developments, has made it clear that it should not be hyphenated with Pakistan when it comes to the NSG membership.
Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday said his country “positively” and “constructively” supports India’s membership of the 48-nation bloc.
“Mexico supports positively and constructively India’s membership of the NSG,” the Mexican President said at a joint media interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mexico City.
“I thank the President for supporting India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group,” Modi said in statement, hours after his arrival in Mexico on a state visit.
The recent support of Mexico and Switzerland will further isolate China which is now the only major country blocking India’s entry into the NSG.
The NSG works under the principle of unanimity and even one country’s vote against India will scuttle its bid.
India has been pushing for membership of the bloc for last few years and had formally moved its application on May 12.
The NSG looks after critical issues relating to the nuclear sector and its members are allowed to trade in and export nuclear technology. Its membership will help India significantly expand its atomic energy sector.
The NSG had granted an exclusive waiver for India in 2008 to access civil nuclear technology after China reluctantly backed India’s case based on the Indo-US nuclear deal.