Modi gains Mexico’s support for India’s entry into NSG

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto personally drives PM Modi to a restaurant. (Source: PIB)

India on 9 June got the support of Mexico for its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said that his country positively supports India’s membership to the NSG.

“I thank the President for supporting India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group,” said PM Modi, soon after his arrival in Mexico on a state visit. Modi, who will hold bilateral talks with President Pena Nieto, is the first Indian PM to visit Mexico, since former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s trip in 1986.

Earlier, Modi was given a red-carpet welcome at the airport where he was received by Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz-Massieu Salinas. Members of the Indian community welcomed Modi into the city by chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

The US has for a while now supported India’s entry into the Group, even as China remains against it, saying that India has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The recent US-India joint statement laid it all out. US President Obama hailed India’s application to join the NSG and called on NSG members to support India’s application. India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and South Sudan have not yet signed the NPT.

Earlier, India also became a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a non-proliferation group. Being a member of NSG and MTCR India will get access to research and technology.

In his statement, the PM said Mexico was the first Latin American country to recognise India. “The President and I are meeting for the third time in past two years. India and Mexico are looking to move beyond buyer-seller ties.”