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Wassenaar Arrangement plenary ends in Vienna, agrees to admit India

Wassenaar Arrangement plenary ends in Vienna, agrees to admit India

India has become a member of the arms control regime Wassenaar Arrangement, which may allow it better access to latest technologies and trade practices.

Since its founding in 1996, the Arrangement has become an important component of the global nonproliferation regime, with member states exchanging information on their transfers of conventional weapons and dual-use goods to states outside of the arrangement.

Ryabkov said the issue of India's membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), another major non-proliferation group, has been "politicised", which, he termed, "unfortunate" and noted that New Delhi's application should viewed on merit.

The decision was taken at the two-day plenary meeting of the grouping in Vienna yesterday.

About Indian application for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Ryabkjov said that India's application can not be "interlinked" with that of Pakistan and that Moscow is discussing the issue with Beijing at different levels.

Participating States seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities.




Last year, India gained entry into the Missile Technologies Control Regime (MTCR), which paved the way for it to get critical missile technologies and also export its missiles.

In 2016, China led the opposition to a push by the United States to bring India into the NSG which aims to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation by stopping the sale of items that can be used to make nuclear arms.

The Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler tweeted his country's congratulations. India is already a member of the Missile Control Technology Regime (MTCR). On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj before a Russia-India-China (RICS) meeting along with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin later this month.

"This is an example and reflection of Russia's unwavering support to India's membership of global 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.

In the plenary session, the WA reaffirmed its strong support for robust export controls on a global basis as an important tool for ensuring worldwide peace and stability.

The next regular plenary meeting of WA will be held in Vienna in Austria in December 2018, it was announced.


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