India Joins Weapons Control Regime Wassenaar Arrangement

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Russian Federation is speaking to China at "all levels" for India's membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and hopes that India will win membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement, another multilateral technology regime India has applied to, Russia's deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said here on Wednesday.

The Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler tweeted his country's congratulations.

The elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) chose to admit India as its new member at a two-day plenary meeting of the grouping in Vienna.

"As president of the WA this year and co-rapporteur of India's candidacy, France warmly congratulates India for joining the Arrangement".

"The United States welcome the successful conclusion of the #WassenaarArrangement plenary, which offered #India membership, agreed upon over 80 control list updates, & (and) exchanged views on #proliferation challenges", the U.S. mission to UN in Vienna tweeted.

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Membership of the Wassenaar Arrangement is also expected to build up a strong case for India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group - a 48-member group which controls the export of nuclear materials, equipment and technology. India is already a member of the Missile Control Technology Regime (MTCR).

India has been admitted as the 42nd member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a global export control regime.

India has also applied for membership in the Australia Group, an informal export control grouping concerned with the nonproliferation of chemical and biological weapons.

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.

Once the non-discriminatory formula would be adopted by the NSG, the cartel should move to the second stage to take up the "country-specific membership issues", argued China.

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"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.

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

India has found an ally in Russian Federation, who has been speaking to China at "all levels" to include India in the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG).

Beijing on Thursday reiterated that its position on admitting new members to the NSG remained unchanged.

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