NSG membership: Turkey’s support for Pakistan bid appreciated

6th round of bilateral consultations on non-proliferation and disarmament held in Ankara


News Desk January 24, 2019
PHOTO: ISPR

Pakistan has expressed appreciation of Turkey’s consistent support for Pakistan’s membership bid in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an exclusive club of nuclear trading nations, the Foreign Office has said.

The development came during the 6th Round of Pakistan-Turkey bilateral consultations on non-proliferation and disarmament in Ankara on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the two sides exchanged views on developments in the area of non-proliferation and disarmament, and also discussed the evolving global and regional security environments, and their impact on the global arms control and disarmament agenda.

Pakistan’s credentials for NSG membership

The two sides agreed to continue their cooperation and coordination including at various multilateral forums.

The 48-member block has been deliberating on admitting new members to the group, particularly those states who are not signatories to the Non- Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.

Pakistan formally applied for the membership in 2016 and galvanised support from states including China, Turkey and Russia.

COMMENTS (1)

Robert | 2 years ago | Reply To encourage the NSG to consider issues that have a significant impact on its future credibility and effectiveness, non-proliferation regimes has to get their strategy right. After all, if India is indeed accepted to NSG it would be then difficult to control its nuclear and missile programme that is strenuously increasing. So, keeping in mind the intense environment of the region, Pakistan like India must be considered as a potential candidate for NSG to create a stable and static environment.
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