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Japan raises issue of India’s NSG bid in Seoul plenary

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Published Jun 24, 2016, 2:10 am IST
Updated Jun 24, 2016, 2:10 am IST
Japan and some other countries are understood to have raised the matter in the opening session.
It was not immediately clear that whether the discussion on India’s membership, which is strongly opposed by China, and few other countries will come up informally or in a more formal way.
 It was not immediately clear that whether the discussion on India’s membership, which is strongly opposed by China, and few other countries will come up informally or in a more formal way.

Seoul: India’s bid for NSG membership will come up on late Thursday night at a special post-dinner meeting of the 48-nation grouping’s plenary, whose two-day deliberations began here on Thursday.

Although admission of members like India which are not signatories to the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is not on the agenda, Japan and some other countries are understood to have raised the matter in the opening session.

 

Thereafter, it was agreed to consider a number of unscheduled items including India’s application at a special session after dinner, informed sources said.

It was not immediately clear that whether the discussion on India’s membership, which is strongly opposed by China, and few other countries will come up informally or in a more formal way.

Indian diplomats, led by Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, are here to lobby, although they are not the participants at the plenary in the absence of India's membership. The Indian team includes Amandeep Gill, head of 'Disarmament and International Security' division in the External Affairs Ministry.

 

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