New Delhi (Agencies): India will make a strong pitch for securing a full membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) during the visit of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to the US, which has already pledged its support for New Delhi.

Rao, who is leaving on Friday night, intends to discuss with the US how to take forward the process of securing the full membership of NSG, officials said here.

During his visit to India last November, US President Barack Obama had committed support for India's full membership in NSG and other multilateral export control regimes. The US move finally opened a door for the country to transcend the legal confines of a treaty that has defined global attitudes towards nuclear weapons for over four decades -- the NPT.

India has termed the US step to remove ISRO and DRDO from the entities list last month as "important" with the officials maintaining that Washington was looking at removing hurdles in high-tech trade with the country as per its commitment.

Continuing its cooperation in the field, US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently visited the country and was accompanied by delegates from 24 companies, promoting technologies and services related to civil nuclear energy, civil aviation, defence, homeland security and communications.

"We have made important progress this week, not just to lay the groundwork for more sales of US goods in India, but to take another real step towards strengthening the bonds between the governments, the businesses and the people of India and the US," Locke had said yesterday in Mumbai.

Locke, who was here on a high-technology trade mission, announced during President Obama's trip, visited three cities-- New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

During her stay, the Foreign Secretary will also speak on Saturday at the New School in New York on India-China.