Talks on for MTCR,NSG full membership: Mathai

India cannot be a target of regime-based restrictions.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2012 12:19 am

Stressing that India cannot be a target of regime-based restrictions,Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai has said New Delhi is in discussions with four export control regimes — Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR),Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia group — for full membership.

“This year,we have already completed outreach meetings with NSG in Vienna where I led the Indian delegation,and in Delhi with MTCR and the Wassenaar Arrangement and plan the next outreach meeting with the Australia Group in the coming weeks,” Mathai said at a seminar on National Export Control.

Appreciating the support extended by the US,Russia and France to India’s bid for a full membership of the four groups,he said: “… our engagement with NSG is seen by observers as the most important. India cannot be a target of regime-based restrictions. The logical conclusion of partnership with India is its full membership of the four multilateral regimes.”

“We will take forward this process of engagement and apply for membership when necessary preparations have been completed,” he added. “We believe India’s membership will be mutually beneficial on grounds of non-proliferation objectives,India’s ability to contribute to fulfillment of those objectives,global industry cooperation,transfers subject to the highest export control standards,sound commercial considerations and contributions that Indian industry can make with its expanding capabilities and highly qualified workforce.”

India,Mathai said,has the ability to produce and supply a vast majority of items controlled by these regimes.

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