India has joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member. To mark the occasion 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 Charge d’Affaires Laure Huberty.
In a statement the External Affairs Ministry said India’s entry into the regime as its thirty-fifth member will be mutually beneficial in the furtherance of international non-proliferation objectives. The Ministry thanked all the 34 other MTCR Partners for their support for India’s membership.
The MTCR Point of Contact in Paris conveyed the decision regarding India’s accession to the regime through the French Embassy in Delhi, as well as the Embassies of The Netherlands and Luxembourg. The MTCR membership will enable India to buy high-end missile technology and to enhance its joint venture with Russia.
The entry into MTCR came just days after India failed to get Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) membership due to opposition from China and a few other countries.