Pakistan

Telephone Diplomacy: Aziz expedites efforts of NSG membership

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has phoned foreign ministers of various countries to expedite efforts for Pakistan’s admission to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). 

According to a statement by the Foreign Office, Aziz has personally called the foreign ministers of Russia, New Zealand and South Korea in the last two days.

He pleaded the case and requested them to submit the case for Pakistan’s admission to the NSG. He laid emphasis on the efforts undertaken by the country to be a part of the group.

Earlier, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tasneem Aslam gave a briefing where she spoke about the discriminatory attitude with countries who are not signatories of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

It may be mentioned that both Pakistan and India have applied to be a part of the NSG and are making hectic diplomatic efforts to join the group. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on a five-nation tour where he has also made efforts for admission of India to the club.

Pakistan has voiced concerns that discriminatory attitude and immunity to India will create instability and security concerns in the South Asian region.

The NSG which deals in nuclear commerce has 48 member states. Several countries including Japan, Switzerland, Mexico, Russia and the United States have announced their support for India’s membership.

 

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