Obama expresses support to India’s candidature for NSG membership, says it requires technology


In a big boost to India’s bid for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the US President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed his support saying that the country indeed required technology.

Addressing a joint presser after meeting Obama, PM Narendra Modi said, “We will meet again in G20, will fulfill dream of climate justice. Our friend Obama extended support to MTCR and NSG… will always be grateful.”


President Obama said, “The key priority is how to promote economic prosperity and alleviate poverty, promote greater opportunities for both countries.”

Earlier the US Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes told a Washington audience, “Having gone down the path of the civil nuclear agreement with India, and having invested a significant amount of time in building up our cooperation with India as it relates to nuclear security.”

Rhodes remarks, according to PTI, on India came in response to a question about why some countries like China were opposing India’s membership in the 48-member NSG.

“..I think the bottom line for us is that we believe that through engagement with India and through engagement with groups like the NSG, we are in a better position to support India as a good citizen on these issues,” Rhodes said.

The US support for India’s membership came after Chinese foreign ministry’s reservation that  there needed to be “continuous and full discussion” on admitting new members.

PM Modi, who arrived in the US earlier today will address the US Congress. He will also attend a reception hosted by the Indian community before he heads to Mexico on the last leg of five-nation tour.