WASHINGTON: Welcoming India’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday re-affirmed that India is ready for membership.
In a joint statement issued after the third major bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, the U.S. called on ‘NSG Participating Governments’ to support India’s application when it comes up at the NSG Plenary later this month.
The U.S. also re-affirmed its support for India’s early membership of the Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement.
Recalling their shared commitment to preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, the two leaders looked forward to India’s imminent entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
The President thanked the Prime Minister for his substantive contribution to and active participation in 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., and welcomed his offer to host a summit on ‘Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism’ in 2018.
The U.S and India will work together to combat the threat of terrorists accessing and using chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological materials.