India joins the Wassenaar Arrangement

India joined the Wassenaar Arrangement after completing the internal procedures. The membership will facilitate high-technology tie-ups for country’s defence and space programmes.

India has become the arrangement’s 42nd participating State. In a tweet, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has thanked all the 41 Wassenaar Arrangement member states for their support.

A Ministry of External Affairs press statement states, “India would like to thank each of the forty-one WA Participating States for their support for India’s membership. We would also like to thank Ambassador Jean Louis Falconi of France, 2017 Plenary Chair of the WA for his role in facilitating India’s accession to the Arrangement. India also notes the valuable contribution of Japan and France as co-rapporteurs, and Ambassador Philip Griffiths, Head of WA Secretariat, for their guidance during the preparatory process.”

She said this membership is the second diplomatic success for India for the membership of export control regimes after it joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year.

External Affairs Ministry statement said that India’s entry into the Arrangement would be mutually beneficial and further contribute to international security and non-proliferation objectives.

The plenary meeting of Wassenaar Arrangement held in Vienna decided to admit India yesterday. India’s entry into the export control regime would enhance its credentials in the field of non-proliferation despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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