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After failed NSG bid, India enters elite missile clubForeign Secretary S Jaishankar signed the document. Photo courtesy: Twitter handle of @meaindia

After failed NSG bid, India enters elite missile club

27 Jun 2016 | 1:12 PM

NEW DELHI: India on Monday joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member and said its entry would be mutually beneficial to enhance global non-proliferation norms.

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New Delhi, June 27

India on Monday joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member and said its entry would be mutually beneficial to enhance global non-proliferation norms.

Marking India’s first entry into any multilateral export control regime, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar signed the instrument of accession to MTCR in the presence of France’s Ambassador-designate Alexandre Ziegler, The Netherlands’ Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga and Luxembourg’s Chargé d’Affaires Laure Huberty.

“India has joined the MTCR this morning...India’s entry into the regime as its 35th member would be mutually beneficial in the furtherance of international non-proliferation objectives,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

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“India would like to thank each of the 34 MTCR partners for their support for India’s membership. We would also like to thank Ambassador Pieter de Klerk of the Netherlands and Robert Steinmetz of Luxembourg, co-Chairs of the MTCR,” the statement said.

The MTCR Point of Contact in Paris has conveyed the decision regarding India’s accession to the regime through the French Embassy in New Delhi as well as the Embassies of the Netherlands and Luxembourg, it said.

India’s entry into MTCR comes days after it failed to get NSG membership due to stiff opposition from China and a few other countries.

China, which stonewalled India’s entry into the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at the just- concluded Seoul plenary, is not a member of MTCR.

Since its civil nuclear deal with the US, India has been trying to get into export control regimes like NSG, MTCR, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement that regulate the conventional, nuclear, biological and chemicals weapons and technologies.

The MTCR membership will now enable India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia.

The aim of the MTCR is to restrict the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles and related technology for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogramme payload for at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction. PTI

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