We are persuading China to support India’s NSG membership: Sushma

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Sushma Swaraj, Israel visit, Palestine visit, External Affairs MinisterUnion external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on July 20 said dialogue with China to enlist its support for India becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) would continue .

“Just because China has said no once, we cannot leave it at that. In Parliament also, Congress is opposing GST Bill, which all other parties have agreed. We will continue to try to persuade them. Similarly, we will try the same with China,” she said, to a query from Trinamool Congress member Sugata Bose.

Denying that the government had created a hoopla over India’s NSG membership she said, “We made sincere attempts to get NSG membership.” She also added, “One major benefit is India’s ability to participate in the NSG’s decision-making.”

Informing the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour, she said, “China had created a major obstacle in India getting NSG membership. But our engagement with the country is on.”

Regarding Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, Swaraj said, “Credit for this should go to the previous government too.”

Meanwhile, Congress members rushed into the well of the House and demanded answers from PM Narendra Modi on the Dalit violence at Una in Gujarat.