After the United States, France has on Wednesday strongly backed India’s NSG bid by asking the member-nations of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to take a positive decision, in favor of India.
A strong member of the 48-nations NSG, France said that allowing India into the Nuclear Suppliers group would help in better regulating the export of sensitive goods of nuclear, chemical, biological, ballistic or conventional technologies. It also asserted hat India’s entry into the NSG will bolster international efforts for combating proliferation.
“We always had an active and long standing support for India’s entry to the NSG as a full-fledged member. France calls on its members, to take a positive decision in this regard during the meeting in Seoul on June 23″, a statement from the France’s foreign ministry read.
The ministry also expressed that India and France share a common goal towards the non-proliferation of weapons.
Similar statement has been given by France on January 26th 2016, when the President of France visited India as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi. Earlier, the United States too had made an appeal to the group members on accepting India’s application to join NSG.
On the other hand, China looks to have changed its stance a bit. In its latest foreign ministry statement, the dragon nation said that it will play a constructive role during the NSG plenary in Seoul. However, the statement reiterated that it does not support any country to become an NSG member without actually signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty. In another instance on Saturday, China said that if India is to directly get into the NSG without signing the Non-proliferation treaty, then the same has to be applied even to Pakistan.