Australia on Thursday expressed its strong support for India”s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group and also reiterated its backing for New Delhi”s candidacy for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council.
Australia”s support was stated in the joint statement released after an online summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.
“Both sides reiterated their support for continued bilateral civil nuclear cooperation and their commitment to further strengthen global non-proliferation. Australia expressed its strong support for India”s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” the statement said.
The NSG is a 48-nation grouping which regulates global nuclear commerce.
Admission of new members is done through consensus. India had formally applied for membership in May 2016. Even though India has the backing of the majority of the group”s members, China has been blocking its entry into the bloc.
Australia also reiterated its support for India”s candidacy for permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council (UNSC) and India”s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the UNSC for the 2021-22 term, it said.