Modi arrives in Uzbekistan for SCO summit

Applications of Pak India for NSG membership cannot be considered in isolation Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A key member of the 48-nation grouping and a long standing business partner in many Indian nuclear projects, France said in statement: “France considers that India’s entry into the four multilateral export control regimes (NSG, MTCR, The Australia Group and The Wassenaar Arrangement) will bolster worldwide efforts for combating proliferation”.

Modi is also to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines during which he is expected to take up India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Despite an appeal by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing remained adamant.

The two heads of state met briefly late Thursday ahead of the 16th SCO summit in Tashkent and Putin’s upcoming visit to China on Saturday.

The SCO had set the ball rolling to make India a member of the bloc during its summit in Ufa in July a year ago when administrative hurdles were cleared to grant membership to India, Pakistan and Iran.

While the U.S. and France have issued statements ahead of the plenary strongly supporting India’s case and asking members to back New Delhi, China has been unrelenting in its opposition harping on the need to have a criteria for non-NPT countries like India and clubbing India’s case with that of Pakistan for which it is batting.

India will sign a memorandum of obligations, paving the way for it become a full-fledged SCO member of the Organisation.

“When you join an worldwide organisation you have to commit to implementing all the obligations that other members have undertaken till that point”, she added.

Swarup also stated that most of the time of the Modi-Xi meeting was devoted to the NSG issue. “Modi conveyed decision to extend e-Tourist Visa to Uzbekistan and to organize a Festival of India and an Indian Trade Exhibition in Uzbekistan to mark 25 years of Uzbekistan’s independence and 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations with India”, said a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement after the talks. “In fact there is a regional anti-terrorism mechanism that is formally established within the SCO and we too will be part of that”, Mehta added.