New Zealand assures support for India's UNSC, NSG membership appeal

Acknowledging the importance of India joining the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG), New Zealand on Wednesday affirmed its constructive contribution towards New Delhi's quest for the membership of the elite club.

IANS October 26, 2016 17:03:59 IST
New Zealand assures support for India's UNSC, NSG membership appeal

New Delhi: Acknowledging the importance of India joining the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG), New Zealand on Wednesday affirmed its constructive contribution towards New Delhi's quest for the membership of the elite club.

New Zealand assures support for Indias UNSC NSG membership appeal

New Zealand PM John Key arrived in India on 25 October. PTI

Addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key also assured of his country's continued support to India's bid to become a member of the reformed UN Security Council.

"I and Prime Minister Modi had a conversation about India's application to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG). I acknowledged the importance of India joining the NSG.

"I also stated that New Zealand will continue to contribute constructively to the process currently underway in the NSG to consider India's membership. New Zealand is committed to working with the NSG members to reach a decision and as soon as possible," said Key.

The visiting Prime Minister further said: "I reiterated to Prime Minister Modi about New Zealand's consistent support for India to become a member of the reformed UN Security Council, including if this means expansion of the UNSC," said Key, adding that both leaders underlined their strong interest in advancing nuclear disarmament and nuclear nonproliferation.

Speaking on mutually beneficial ties with India, Key said both countries agreed on working closely in areas such as "food safety, cyber security, education and customs".

"We also agreed for close coordination on a range of issues, including international terrorism," said Key.

Observing that there is potential for the bilateral trade to grow, Key said both leaders are committed towards creating business environment in the respective countries conducive to creating jobs and prosperity for the people.

"High quality trade agreements will encourage that and Prime Minister Modi and I agreed to work towards that goal thorough our bilateral free trade agreement negotiations and regional comprehensive economic partnership talks," added Key.

Updated Date:

also read

Taliban actions will define ties with global community, says Antony Blinken
World

Taliban actions will define ties with global community, says Antony Blinken

The Taliban swept across Afghanistan last month, seizing control of almost all key towns and cities in the backdrop of withdrawal of the US forces that began on 1 May

S Jaishankar meets Saudi counterpart: A look at how Narendra Modi improved India's relationship with the Kingdom
World

S Jaishankar meets Saudi counterpart: A look at how Narendra Modi improved India's relationship with the Kingdom

India’s ties with Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s leading oil producers and host to nearly three million Indians, have generally been on an upswing

Modi govt makes major bureaucratic reshuffle: Meet top bureaucrats taking charge of high-profile ministries
India

Modi govt makes major bureaucratic reshuffle: Meet top bureaucrats taking charge of high-profile ministries

The reshuffle comes in less than a week after Prime Minister Modi last Saturday met secretaries of all ministries and departments to speak about required reforms in government processes.