India Granted Membership of Wassenaar Arrangement

India In Advanced Stage Of Joining Wassenaar Arrangement

Indian membership of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies comes more than a year after becoming member of the Missile Technologies Control Regime (MTCR).

India "will become the Arrangement's 42nd participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed", Wassenaar Arrangement said in a statement.

The United States, which has a nuclear cooperation deal with India, considers it a nuclear power that plays by the rules and is not a proliferator, and wants to bring Asia's third largest economy into the 48-member group.

The statement was put up on the website of the WA. "As president of the Wassenaar Arrangement this year and co-rapporteur of India's candidacy, France warmly congratulates India for joining the Arrangement". The members are now in Austria's capital Vienna. India is already a member of the Missile Control Technology Regime (MTCR).

"This is an example and reflection of Russia's unwavering support to India's membership of worldwide nuclear control regimes", he added, speaking to journalists after meeting Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, and Secretary (Economic Relations) Vijay Gokhale, who is now the Sherpa for the BRICS grouping as well. The MTCR's primary objective to restrict proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles, and related technology for systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogram payload at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction.

The deputy foreign minister of Russian Federation asserted that this is an example and reflection of his country's unwavering commitment and support to India in internationally recognised export control groups.

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To be admitted to the Arrangement, states must meet certain criteria, including acquiescence to a range of global nonproliferation treaties, including the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

India has not signed the NPT, terming it discriminatory - as it only recognises nations which conducted nuclear explosive devices before 1967 as nuclear weapon states.

"We recognise that at the moment there is no unanimity on Pakistan's application and that the same can not be interlinked with India's", said Ryabkov, after his meeting with Jaishankar.

China blocked India's entry to the NSG when the cartel had its 26th plenary in South Korea in June 2016.

He said other countries "who only speak", should also be more proactive in helping India enter the elite club.

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