Indian Foreign Secretary secret visit to China to enlist support for NSG’s membership

New Delhi:Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made an unannounced visit to China in order to obtain support for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).According to details, the secret meeting was held on June16-17.China has been opposing India’s move to become a member of the NSG.

“Yes, I can confirm Foreign Secretary visited Beijing on June 16-17 for bilateral consultations with his Chinese counterpart. All major issues, including India’s NSG membership, were discussed,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Sunday as reported by Indian media.

During the meeting, S Jaishankar met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and tried to get China’s support and assured him that it will not hinder any other country’s path to become a part of the group.This is Indian Foreign Secretary’s second visit to China in the ongoing week.

NSG’s meeting is scheduled to be held in Seoul on June 24 where India’s membership is likely to be discussed.On the other hand, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jin Ping will meet on June 23 in Tashkent at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

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