Switzerland take U-turn on Nuclear Suppliers Group; not supporting India


New Delhi: Switzerland which had previously in complete support of India has now joined the group of countries opposing India’s bid for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Earlier, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Switzerland; the European nation had extended its complete support.

“We have promised India support in its efforts to become a member of NSG,” Swiss president, Johann Schneider-Ammann had said at a joint media interaction.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in turn had said, “I am thankful to the President for Switzerland’s understanding and support for India’s membership of the NSG.”

During the NSG Annual Plenary meeting in Seoul, India’s hopes of becoming a member of the nuclear club of 48 nations looked bright, but as per the recent turn of events, apart from Switzerland and China, even New Zealand, Turkey and Ireland among others, have opposed the bid, even though Brazil supported India’s bid for NSG but has called for a common criteria for all non-NPT states.

China has said that the NSG will not discuss India’s membership bid, unless it signs the NPT, as it is a major criteria set up by the NSG.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is presently in Seoul to lobby for India’s entry into the elite group. The NSG deals with issues related to the nuclear technology and if India gets its membership it will help in expanding its atomic energy sector.