PM Modi with New Zealand PM John Key. (File photo)
Even as some countries like New Zealand seem to be softening their stand on India's NSG bid, seeking only a criteria-based procedure for group extension and not a one-time exception to any country, Turkey continues its support for Pakistan, stressing that applications of both India and Pakistan be considered concurrently.
Last week, reports from Vienna, where NSG met to fine tune the agenda for the upcoming plenary, had said Turkey was among few countries, including New Zealand, Ireland, Austria and South Africa, which were against India’s membership as it had not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
New Zealand and Austria, after US diplomatic push, have relented a little and seem willing to work towards a negotiation.
Aziz on Wednesday spoke to the foreign ministers of Turkey and Austria respectively.
"Adviser thanked Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for the principled position adopted by Turkey at the Vienna meeting that the membership applications of both India and Pakistan be considered together," Pakistan said in a statement.