The United States today said the country will continue to support India on the issue of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership indicating that bilateral relations under the Trump administration is unlikely to witness any major changes.
"The United States supports India's full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes, and we believe that India is ready for NSG membership," a State Department spokesperson told PTI.
"We have worked and continue to work closely with our Indian counterparts and the NSG Participating Governments to help advance India's case for membership," the official added.
The United States has supported India in its membership bid to the NSG since the Bush administration. The Obama administration despite its efforts could not override the opposition from China which has been a constant roadblock in allowing India’s entry into the elite grouping.
However, clarity is yet to emerge on whether new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who will be on an official visit to China this week will raise the issue with the Chinese leadership or President Donald Trump will take it up when he hosts his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping n Florida next month.
In January, the then South and Central Asia point person of the Obama administration, Nisha Desai Biswal, had described China as an "outlier" on the NS