Setback to PM Modi’s foreign diplomacy, Many ‘friendly’ nations openly opposed India’s NSG bid


NSGIndia’s bid for the membership in the elite Nuclear Suppliers’ Group received a big setback on Thursday after many countries, perceived to be ‘friends’ openly opposed its entry in Seoul.

At the 48-member plenary meeting of the NSG in South Korean capital Seoul, countries such as, Switzerland, Brazil, Austria, Ireland, Turkey and New Zealand opposed India’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, reported ANI.

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Brazil was one of the first countries Modi had visited after becoming prime minister in 2014.

Describing his visit to Brazil to attend BRICS summit as pathbreaking, the prime minister’s website had said, “During their meeting at the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, both the Indian PM and the Brazilian President called for expanding bilateral ties, and stress on the need for reform of the United Nations.

“Describing Brazil as a key global partner for India, PM noted that as two democracies and major emerging economies, India and Brazil not only had vast potential for bilateral cooperation, but also to strengthen each other in international forums and advance the interest of the developing world at large.”

Modi had visited Turkey in November last year, when the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a stamp bearing photo of Modi and the Indian tricolour.

The stamp of 2.80 Turkish lira bearing a picture of Modi and the Indian national flag had ‘Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of Republic of India’ written at the bottom.

Many billed this as a sign of beginning of a new chapter in the bilateral ties in India and Turkey. This may have led Modi to be confident of Turkey’s support in the NSG for India’s application. But, Turkey too opposed its entry on Thursday.


Modi had held long talks with New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key early last year in Washington. Soon after his talks with Key, Modi had tweeted, “Discussing stronger India-New Zealand ties with @johnkeypm.”

The development in Seoul confirmed that the Indian prime minister’s optimism was one-sided and it lacked reciprocity from the Kiwis.

Modi visited Ireland in September 2015 en route to the United States. In his meeting with the Irish prime minister,  Enda Kenny , Modi had specifically sought Ireland’s support for India’s membership of UN Security council and international export control regimes including NSG.

According to Modi, Kenny had assured Ireland’s support as and when India’s application came for discussion in the NSG. Modi had thanked Ireland for its support, which was crucial for India-specific exemption from Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in 2008.

He had said, “I have now sought Ireland’s support for India’s membership of the NSG and other international export control regimes. India’s membership will deepen our bilateral cooperation and strengthen international non-proliferation efforts.”

Mexico, where Modi visited earlier this month backed India’s membership on Wednesday.

Since the NSG works on consensus approach, even one country’s vote against India will dash its hopes of joining the elite group of nations.

Quoting sources, ANI reported that the meet also did not discuss the induction of Pakistan into the elite group.

The countries including China are adamant on opposing India’s entry arguing that it was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, something which is mandatory for any new country to join the club.

Elsewhere, Prime Minister Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Tashkent.

He urged China to make a fair and objective assessment of New Delhi’s application to the NSG and to judge it on its own merit.

Briefing the media about the meeting, Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Prime Minister Modi had asked China to contribute to the emerging consensus in the ongoing NSG plenary meeting in Seoul.

“In fact the rest of the meeting was devoted to this issue. Prime Minister Modi urged China to make a fair and objective assessment of India’s application and judge it on its own merit,” Swarup said.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday left for Seoul to make a last minute push for New Delhi’s entry into the elite group.

According to sources, this move is being seen as a final push on India’s part to make its case. Jaishankar, who is not a part of the negotiations in the NSG’s inner circle, will reportedly lobby for India’s bid.

This comes days after Jaishankar made a two-day trip to China on 16 and 17 June to discuss the matter with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

China’s support holds importance in view that it is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and holds a ‘veto’ which, if it chooses to use, will spoil India’s efforts.


  1. Though it is disheartening, is it ethical for India to ask for membership when condition is signing of NNPT. Is it not like asking for a job without required qualifications?

    • Problem is NPT is biased towards those nations who had nuclear weapons before 1967. It states those nation who didn’t had nuclear weapons till 1967 should have no weapons at all. which means US , Russia, etc will keep nuclear weapons but INDIA has to disarm all the nuclear weapons.

      • I also appreciate the approach of India not signing NPT. But then India should first lobby for removal of the NPT signing requirement to NSG rather than asking for direct membership with the intention that this will allow more countries to join the group.

  2. No point in condemning foreign countries for back stabbing. Influential Enemies of India, hidden witin it and posing as future power centres, misguide them to act against India and its PM. Therefore we must first identify them and kick out of the country.

  3. Assistant : Sir we got the chance to become permanent member of United Nations Security Council
    Chacha : China first
    Assistant : Sir Oman is offering us the Gwadar port for a cheap price
    Chacha : Give it to Pakistan
    Assistant : Sir Russia is offering us a place in IMF
    Chachu : China first
    Assistant : Sir USA is giving us veto power in UN
    Chachu : How many times should I say ? Everything goes to China

    65 years later

    China vetos out India from NSG entry

    Congitards : hai hai hai ‪#‎FailedModiDiplomacy‬ . Ab ham karenge r-rona !!!!

  4. China was the key in scuttling the complete issue in India’s disfavor. Unfortunate for India. Also China is proving the maker and shaper of world at large. China emerged major consuming center of natural resources – the impact of Yuan devaluation pushed the western world into recession, exports cheaper goods and services, demonstrated the military capability during their last annual parade, slowly entering into Indian territory – Arunachal Pradesh and patrolling the high seas.. In last 20 years, China achieved one of the best infrastructure – quite unbelievable. Where are we in last 2 years…No way near. Today, to get into infrastructure development, it will be a mammoth task for India.. India will have to foreign technology while China has already achieved this by now. China’s weight cast its shadow on other countries to not support India. India wanted to be in top 4 through NSG… But sorry, China had its final say. Let us not undermine China, also the western world cannot undermine China. We have to learn good lessons from their successes.

  5. Reel life and real life are totally different.Speed thrills but it kills.Honourable PM Rome was not built in a day


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