Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed Britain’s support for India’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) during a conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
Britain is among several countries – including the United States – that support India’s entry into the elite nuclear trading club.
A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister spoke to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about India’s application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a group of nuclear supplier countries that works together to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons.
“The Prime Minister confirmed that the UK would firmly support India’s application. They agreed that in order for the bid to be successful it would be important for India to continue to strengthen its non-proliferation credentials, including by reinforcing the separation between civil and military nuclear activity.”
The two leaders also agreed the UK-India relationship “was going from strength to strength”, including through the recent visit to India by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
India recently applied for membership of the NSG but the move has run into rough weather because of opposition from China, which has linked the issue to New Delhi signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. China has also backed a move for its “all weather ally” Pakistan to be admitted to the NSG at the same time as India.