India failed to get an outright statement of support for its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but officials said they were “encouraged” by the discussions they held ahead of the next NSG meeting on the issue on November 9-10.
“We held detailed discussions on India becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in a process that New Zealand will continue to contribute to constructively. We will work with NSG members on this issue and reach a decision as soon as possible,” Mr. Key said, indicating that New Zealand is yet to change its hard-line position on only admitting signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty into the NSG, a group which works by consensus.
Government sources said that they were not disappointed by the outcome of the visit, however. “New Zealand showed an understanding of India’s clean energy needs and the importance of predictability in global rules on nuclear commerce in enabling the expansion of nuclear energy in India,” an official said, indicating that India’s NSG membership application will hinge on its need to keep climate change commitments(THE HINDU,2016).