After a marathon day -- starting at 10 a.m. on Friday and finally peeling off at two in the morning on Saturday -- the Nuclear Suppliers Group plenary was still working through the objections of a handful of member states to the American proposal for an exception to be made for India from the cartel's export guidelines.
The meeting will resume at 11 a.m. on Saturday, local time, amidst signs that the United States is really keen to get the job done.
Till quite late in the night, delegates sauntered in and out to smoke or buy dinner, but generally refused to be drawn in to discussions with the pack of hacks outside. I asked one hapless dip at 11 pm what on earth was going on inside the meeting. He said, "Actually, we don't really know. It's the big players who are talking". By players, did he mean countries? No, he said. "I mean Presidents and Ministers. There are phone calls being made to try and get every country on board".