Indian PM begins 5-nation tour

New Delhi—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would convince the US administration for support to his application for inclusion of India in Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG).
According to Indian media reports Modi would go to the US for a bilateral visit, where he will be hosted by US President Barack Obama on June 7 and 8.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go on a five-country tour beginning June 4, today (Saturday). During his trip, he will visit Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico between June 4 to 10.
He will begin his trip from Afghanistan today (June 4), when he will go to Herat to inaugurate the Salma Dam. After that, he will head to Qatar on June 5 for a bilateral visit.
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Qatar, he will head to Switzerland on June 6 where the issue of black money is expected to be taken up.
He will then head to the US for a bilateral visit, where he will be hosted by US President Barack Obama on June 7 and 8.
It is worth mentioning here that soon after the US President on the 13th May
reiterated the US support to India’s membership for the NSG, China on the 16th May reacting to this statement stressed the essentiality of members being signatories of Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei in a press briefing stated, “The Nuclear Suppliers’ Group has made serious political and technical standards with regard to accepting new members and one compulsory standard is that NSG members must be signatory states to the NPT”. Hong Lei further emphasised that ‘like other non-proliferation regimes, the NSG was based on the NPT.
Moodi will head to Mexico on June 9. On the way back, he may stop over in Germany, but that is not likely to be a bilateral visit.—SABAH

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