After MTCR, India becomes member of key export control regime

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New Delhi, Dec 8: India on Thursday became a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, that controls the trade of conventional weapons and dual-use goods and technologies at global front. 

India was made the 42nd member of the key grouping, at its two-day high level meeting in Vienna.

The Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler tweeted his country’s congratulations. “As president of the Wassenaar Arrangement this year and co-rapporteur of India’s candidacy, France warmly congratulates India for joining the Arrangement.

“One more recognition, after MTCR, of the growing role India plays in today’s world,” he said, tagging India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) participating states reviewed progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary meeting to admit India which will become the arrangement’s 42 participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed,” news agecny IANS quoted citing grouping statement.

This comes nearly a year after India became the member of the Missile Technologies Control Regime (MTCR).

Prior to this announcement, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated here that India was likely to get membership of the grouping during the plenary in Vienna.

New Delhi has still gain membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and the Australia Group.

Russia, France, Germany and the US have backed India’s entry into the Wassenaar Arrangement to become 42nd member of the key grouping.

While China, which has repeatedly blocked India’s bid for membership of the NSG, is not a member of  the key export control regime.


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