Washington: India, a founding member of the
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), was not invited to a luncheon
meeting hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden, where he
professed that the grouping and his country had similar goals
on nuclear security and non-proliferation.
Only those member states of the NAM which are part of the
Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) were invited to the
luncheon hosted by Biden at his official residence on the
margins of the Nuclear Security Summit here, a senior White
House official said.
Since India is not a signatory to the NPT, it was left
out, the official told agency.
"The goals of the non-aligned movement and my country on
the important issues of nuclear security, non-proliferation,
as well as other issues have never been closer than they are
today, in our view," Biden said addressing a group of leaders
from NAM countries during the luncheon.
He said the Obama Administration is committed to seeking
peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.
"We believe that is ultimately an achievable goal, and
that is our goal. We know that some of the countries here and
elsewhere believe that we have not been moving fast enough or
that we can do more," he said.
"Well, there is room to disagree on the exact approach of
reducing nuclear weapons, but make no mistake about it this
administration is intent on reducing and continuing to reduce
our nuclear weapons," Biden observed.
The US Vice President asserted that the US stands fully
committed to supporting the promotion of peaceful benefits of
nuclear power, in the context of NPT.
Among those who attended the luncheon were Alfredo Moreno
Charme, Foreign Minister of Chile; Prince Muqrin bin Abdul
al-Aziz Al Saud, President of the General Intelligence,
Presidency of Saudi Arabia; Mourad Medelci, Foreign Minister
of Algeria; Ahmed Aboulgheit, Foreign Minister of Egypt;
Trirong Suwankiri, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand;
Boediono, Vice President of Indonesia; Najib Abdul Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia; and South African Foreign Minister
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, attended the meeting in place of the
South African President.