We are not against Pakistan’s entry into NSG,says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi:Indian Extrenal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday clarified that foreign secretary-level talks between New Delhi and Islamabad were not cancelled but postponed.

“We are only waiting for a probe from the Pakistan side on Pathankot attack,” Sushma said while addressing a presser in New Delhi.

The foreign minister clarified the Indian government did not stop its National Investigation Agency (NIA) from visiting Pakistan to probe the Pathankot incident.

“[The] NIA has not been denied permission to go to Pakistan and investigate. Pakistan has only asked for time to conduct proper investigation from their end,” she said while responding to a question.

Responding to a question whether India will protest Pakistan’s entry in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the minister said her country will not protest entry of any nation in the NSG.

“India won’t protest entry to any nation in NSG but it would want applications be considered based on merits,” Sushma said.

The minister went on to claim that China was not protesting India’s membership in NSG but it was only raising concerns on the “criteria procedure”.

The foreign minister expressed hope that India will be able to convince China and some other nations on India’s NSG membership.

“Hopefully we will be able to convince China as well. I myself am in contact with 23 nations out of which only one or two have raised concerns but the consensus is there,” she said.


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