New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 26, during which Modi may seek Wellington’s support for India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
India is also likely to tell New Zealand that it is eligible to become an NSG member and that it would also beef up NPT regime, said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup. India hopes that the 48-member elite group will welcome India’s entry as it will only strengthen the global non-proliferation regime, he added.
New Zealand was one to take a stand at NSG plenary in June that no exception can be made in India’s case while considering its membership bid. At the plenary, China blocked India’s bid that it was a not a signatory to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Key, who was scheduled to arrive in Mumbai, cancelled that leg of his tour due to a technical problem in his aircraft. Key will hold talks with Modi on issues of mutual interest and also call on President Pranab Mukherjee, besides attending a business summit.
On October 27, the New Zealand PM will travel to Kochi. Here he and his team will undertake a short tour of the Cochin International Terminal and the work undertaken by the New Zealand firm, Glidepath.
He will be accompanied by members of New Zealand Parliament Mark Mitchell, Chair of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, MP. He had last visited India in 2011.