London, June 17: UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday (June 16) pledged his country's "firm support" for India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) during a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. [What is NSG?]
The UK, thus, became one of the many countries, including the US, to back India's efforts to become a member of the elite club which engages in nuclear trading. China and Pakistan are among countries that have opposed India's entry in the NSG.
The nuclear trading group is set to have a crucial meeting next week.
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."
Cameron and Modi also took stock of UK-India ties in their telephonic conversation.
"They agreed that the UK-India relationship was going from strength to strength, including through the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and wife Kate)," the spokesperson said.
[With PTI inputs]