India Granted Membership of Wassenaar Arrangement

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"We make this point in the contacts with the Chinese at different levels, and India should be confident of Russia's assistance". This development will burnish India's nonproliferation credentials and broaden its access to sensitive technologies.

India will become its 42nd participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining are completed, the group said in a statement after its plenary meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) has made a decision to admit India as its new member, which is expected to raise New Delhi's stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies. Just $5 a month.

India has not signed the NPT, terming it discriminatory - as it only recognises nations which conducted nuclear explosive devices before 1967 as nuclear weapon states.

There are "very good chances of a positive action" on India's application tomorrow at the Wassenaar Arrangement's plenary session in Vienna, Ryabkov said.

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.

Though admission requires consensus, the United States' backing for Indian admission into the Arrangement - reaffirmed prominently by the Obama administration - helped New Delhi's case.

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

Since its civil nuclear deal with the US, India has been trying to get into export control regimes like Wassenaar Arrangement and the NSG.

India is also keen to get the membership of Australian Group, which governs the global trade of materials used to make chemical and biological weapons.

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

Russia, France, Germany and the U.S. have backed India's entry into the Wassenaar Arrangement.

China and some other members of the nuclear club maintain that the NSG should come out with clear guidelines to consider the entry of countries that are not signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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