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US sees role for India in global institutions

Updated Jun 29, 2016 08:07am


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WASHINGTON: The United States strongly supports India’s role in global institutions, like the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the United Nations Security Council, says a statement the State Department shared with Dawn.

The statement, attributed to the US ambassador in New Delhi, reinforced the US desire to “continue to work constructively” with the NSG members to admit India into the organisation.

At a Monday briefing in Washington, State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau also welcomed India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), saying that the country had already demonstrated a sustained commitment to non-proliferation.

On Monday, India joined the MTCR as a full member, almost a year after it formally applied. The MTCR is an informal, voluntary association of nations which checks the proliferation of missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

India’s success with the MTCR came days after it failed to join the NSG. Last week, about a dozen nations, led by China, refused to admit India into the NSG, noting that it did not fulfil membership requirements.

The NSG guidelines require an applicant to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and both India and Pakistan that applied for membership in last week’s plenary session in Seoul have not signed this treaty. While Pakistan was ready for the refusal, it was considered a major setback in India where opposition leaders blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the failure.

“We were disappointed India was not admitted during this recent session, but we will continue to work constructively with India and all the NSG members on India’s accession in the months ahead,” said the statement the State Department shared when asked for comments on the development.

At Monday’s news briefing, however, India’s admission into the MTCR was welcomed as a significant achievement. Ms Trudeau noted that India was admitted into the MTCR because it “demonstrated to all MTCR partners a sustained commitment to non-proliferation and it has a legally based effective export control system”.

This system “puts into effect the MTCR guidelines and procedures and administers and enforces such controls effectively,” she added.

Ms Trudeau said that all 34 MTCR members, including the United States, agreed India met the standard and that its membership would strengthen international non-proliferation.

The statement on the NSG, however, went beyond the developments in Seoul and underlined President Obama’s “reinforced” and “strong support” for India’s “role in global institutions, like having a seat on a reformed UN Security Council.”

The United States “continues to welcome India’s interest in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); and we strongly affirmed our support for India’s accession into the multi-lateral export control regimes,” it added.

The statement explained that six years ago, President Obama first expressed his support for India’s membership in the NSG and since then the United States has worked closely with India and the NSG members to help advance New Delhi’s case for membership.

“India has a strong record, and deserves to be included in the NSG. That is why the administration, including senior White House and State Department officials, made a concerted effort to secure India’s membership in the recent NSG plenary session held in Seoul,” it added.

Meanwhile, diplomatic circles in Washington point out that India’s entry into the MTCR will not automatically allow India to sell or buy missiles or other sensitive technologies from member states.

The regime coordinates a common export policy that regulates the sale of any missile or UAV systems or sub-systems. It maintains a common list of items, including dual-use technology and components, which can be used to deliver WMDs or enable the building of systems which can do the same.

The MTCR, however, is not a treaty and does not impose any legally binding obligations on its adherents and members. The regime’s guidelines do not distinguish between exports to member or non-member countries. And membership does not provide any specific or special entitlement to obtain technology from member states.

Published in Dawn, June 29th, 2016


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Comments (24) Closed

Analyzer Jun 29, 2016 07:22am

It's late but world is at last recognising importance of a India and it's true democratic values. It was historical mistake of Nehru who supported China entry security council over India itself. Current govt.correcting it.

IsaywhatIsay Jun 29, 2016 07:56am

The number of countries supported Indian is much greater than opposed, which is definitely a success. getting into NSG will not give any 'Super Man Power' to India as India is already enjoying NSG facilities, but she is opposing the rules to get into NSG.

SK Jun 29, 2016 08:12am

Thank you US! It is only natural for the oldest democracy and the largest democracy to work together for peace and security in the region. It is just a matter of time before India becomes a part of the Security Council as well.

Zak Jun 29, 2016 08:46am

Pakistan has the strongest non proliferation record and deserves to be in NSG,MTCR,UNSC more than any other nation including India.

Daredevil Jun 29, 2016 08:54am

US-India partnership will be the defining strategic partnership of this century. With the support of US & on its own merits, India will eventually be member of the NSG & have a permanent seat at the UNSC. It's inevitable!

Deepu Jun 29, 2016 09:06am

You cannot stop India's march to prosperity and power. If the few of you cannot partner with her atleast don't put a hurdle else one has to pay a heavy price for the misadventure. With Modi , India is rising !

Manoj Jun 29, 2016 09:09am

Great going india

Saroj Jun 29, 2016 09:10am

India desreves

Sharmaji Jun 29, 2016 09:16am

Non-Proliferation record since 1974 , strong economy and leader in IT industry are giving lead role to India in the Global Stage.

Emotional and Religious issues are only speed breakers for any Developing Country.

Ravi chauhan Jun 29, 2016 09:37am

India will be on all high tables cannot ignore it....just a matter of time.Many countries are already recognisng it and engaging with India.

Rubul Borkakoti Jun 29, 2016 09:52am

proud to be a Indian

Rising Star Jun 29, 2016 10:39am

US understands India's economic prowess and strong leadership. It will always look after its own interest but they have no option to support India

aslam shaikh1 Jun 29, 2016 10:59am

Enjoy your new found friendship

mkb Jun 29, 2016 11:52am

Actually it is useless if India is kept outside of NSG or Security Council. A country of 1.26 Billion, 16.8 % of world population can not be kept out fofthese world body.

Luchha lafanga Jun 29, 2016 12:28pm

Why did they not talk anything about Pakistan NSG membership?

Wariss Jun 29, 2016 01:07pm

Few more months and India will be member of NSG.

SHAN Jun 29, 2016 01:49pm

its shows that how india foregion policy is working on..good luck india

prem Jun 29, 2016 01:55pm

Very rightly so..

PUNE- India Jun 29, 2016 02:15pm

@Zak : but not got..

raja hindustani Jun 29, 2016 02:23pm

@Zak : I hope you didn't said it seriously? Was it Sarcasm?

Timeto stopthis Jun 29, 2016 02:41pm

@Zak Did you mean the weakest?

Ash Jun 29, 2016 03:06pm

Its just a matter of time before India makes it to the NSG (by the way India is in the MTCR and China is still trying). India has to be successful just once and it will be in and China has to be successfull at every attempt to block India's entry to the NSG which is a statistical impossibility

ZAFAR Jun 29, 2016 03:59pm

@Zak Sarcasm at its finest

Policy matter Jun 30, 2016 10:28am

Dear pakistani it's not foreign policy it's india's national power which is alluring to America.foreign policy, military, economy, education, research & development,institution and cultural values are all the part of national power and we have excell in each field which interest the world.

My advice to you is this rather than boosting about military you should concentrate on other aspects of national power and world will respect you.