India becomes 42nd member of Wassenaar Arrangement – group controlling global trade of conventional weapons
New Delhi: India on Thursday grew to become a member of the Wassenaar Association, that controls the worldwide commerce of typical weapons and dual-use items and applied sciences.
India was made the 42nd member of the grouping, at its two-day plenary in Vienna.
The Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler tweeted his nation`s congratulations. “As president of the Wassenaar Association this yr and co-rapporteur of India`s candidacy, France warmly congratulates India for becoming a member of the Association.
“Yet another recognition, after MTCR, of the rising function India performs in at present`s world,” he mentioned, tagging India`s Ministry of Exterior Affairs, Exterior Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and French International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
“Wassenaar Association (WA) collaborating states reviewed progress of numerous present membership functions and agreed on the plenary assembly to confess India which is able to turn into the association`s 42 collaborating state as quickly as the required procedural preparations for becoming a member of the WA are accomplished,” the grouping mentioned in a press release.
India`a membership of the Wassenaar Association on Export Controls for Typical Arms and Twin-Use Items and Applied sciences comes greater than a yr after changing into member of the Missile Applied sciences Management Regime (MTCR).
Earlier, Russian Deputy International Minister Sergey Ryabkov mentioned that India was prone to get membership of the grouping throughout the plenary in Vienna.
India has nonetheless to get membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and the Australia Group.
Final yr, India gained entry into the Missile Applied sciences Management Regime (MTCR), which paved the best way for it to get essential missile applied sciences and in addition export its missiles.
Russia, France, Germany and the US have backed India`s entry into the Wassenaar Association.
China, which has repeatedly blocked New Delhi`s bid for membership of the NSG, just isn’t a member of the Wassenaar Association.
International Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday mentioned India`s entry into the Wassenaar Association with Russian Deputy International Minister Sergey Ryabkov.