US and India held a landmark 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi today.
India and US on Thursday agreed to work together to secure Nuclear Suppliers Group’s membership for New Delhi at the earliest. The countries vowed to work towards this goal during their first 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held wide-ranging deliberations with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.
Addressing a joint press conference, Ms Swaraj said the recent decision by the US to put India in the list of countries eligible for Strategic Trade Authorisation Tier-I License Exemption reflected India’s robust and responsible export control policies.
“In our meeting today, we also agreed to work together to secure India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group at the earliest,” she said.
“The United States welcomed India’s accession to the Australia Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Missile Technology Control Regime and reiterated its full support for India’s immediate accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group,” a joint statement issued after the talks said.
The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is an elite club of countries that deals with the trade in nuclear technology and fissile materials. India’s bid for entry into the 48-member NSG is being opposed by China citing that New Delhi is not a signatory to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
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