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Reports about China blocking India's NSG bid not true: V K Singh

Source: PTI
July 02, 2016 03:53 IST

After China's claim that the plenary meeting of Nuclear Suppliers Group in Seoul did not discuss accession of any specific country, Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh on Friday expressed surprise over media reports that Beijing had blocked India's bid for entry in the elite grouping.

"The speculation doing the rounds in media regarding China's protest over NSG membership to India is not true," he said on the sidelines of a function at Balia in Uttar Pradesh.

Singh's remarks came a day after China accused the United States of ignoring facts over India not getting entry into the NSG and claimed that the plenary meeting of the elite grouping in Seoul did not discuss the accession of any specific country.

China's assertion came in response to the remarks by US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon that India failed to get entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group due to China-led opposition.

Singh said the NSG meeting was held behind closed doors.

"Whether China had opposed India's bid or not could be told only by those present in the closed-door meeting," he said.

Singh said deliberations held behind closed doors could not be made public and added that India has been trying for NSG membership since 2008. On a query about relations with neighbouring countries, he said India was making continuous efforts in this direction.

He said due to better ties, India could talk to Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia and China any time.

Regarding Pakistan, he said relations improve through talks, therefore, instead of negative approach, India maintains a positive gesture. Singh said in Pakistan, the army, terrorist organisations and the government were running their own system.

"It is not clear, who is running the government in Pakistan. We can talk to the elected government, therefore our positive approach is not giving expected results," he said.

On whether India's stand towards Pakistan was soft, he said New Delhi was doing whatever was necessary and expected.

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