Notwithstanding the failure of its ambitious bid to become a part of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), India is all set to become a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is all set to sign the instrument of accession into MTCR, which could happen as early as on Monday, in a ceremony to be attended by the MTCR chair troika — envoys from France, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
India’s previous attempt to join the MTCR was blocked by Italy – at the MTCR plenary meeting in October 2015. Since last year MTCR membership and its application was under consideration as part of a “silent procedure” which ended earlier this month without any objection from any country.
Initially, Italy had raised objections in the 34-member MTCR group since it was upset with India over the Italian marines dispute. With both the marines being allowed to return to their country, Rome has dropped its objections.
Admission to MTCR will open the way for India to buy high-end missile technology and surveillance systems by leading manufacturers which are allowed to be accessed by only MTCR member countries.