After US, Now Mexico Support India for NSG Membership


Mexico City: India on Wednesday received crucial support of Mexico in its bid to become member of the NSG ahead of a plenary meeting of the 48-nation bloc whose members are allowed to trade in and export nuclear technology. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced his country's support to India's bid for membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) after holding wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on a range of bilateral and global issues.

Mexico supported India's membership because of Modi's "commitment to the agenda of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation," he added. India is poised to join the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) after talks between Modi and US President Barack Obama in Washington this week. Both groups would give India greater access to research and technology, but China has effectively blocked India's accession to NSG.

During his joint address, Modi said, "We have agreed to develop a roadmap of concrete outcomes to upgrade our ties to a Strategic Partnership." "Mexico an important partner for India’s energy security. We are looking to move beyond buyer-seller relationship & into a long-term partnership," Modi added.

Prime Minister also thanked President Enrique Pena Nieto for supporting India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. This was the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister after 1986 when then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had visited that country. In 2012, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited Mexico to attend the G20 summit.