Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar flies to Seoul ahead of NSG plenary meeting

| Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 13:36
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New Delhi: India's quest to be admitted into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has remained radiant despite a diplomatic snub from China. Indian Foreign Secretary on Wednesday flew to Seoul ahead of Nuclear Suppliers Group plenary meeting.

China had earlier said that India's NSG membership discussion was not on the agenda of the 48-member elite body's plenary meeting in Seoul, Korea.

On India's entry into the NSG, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had said, "I want to point out the NSG agenda has never covered any issue concerning non-NPT countries joining the NSG. As we understand the annual conference in Seoul this year also has no such kind of issue or topic."

India's External Affairs Minister Susma Swaraj had earlier said that she was hopeful about India being officially accepted into the NSG and claimed that many prominent countries had supported India on this advent.

The Seoul NSG plenary meeting is scheduled to take place on 24 June where 'hopeful' India is optimistic about a definite consensus on India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

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