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India Monday joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member. This comes days after India’s bid to get membership into Nuclear Suppliers Group failed.
The Indian Express had reported Sunday that India will become a member of the MTCR this week, on Monday.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar signed the instrument of accession in the presence of France’s Ambassador-designate Alexandre Ziegler, 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 thirty-fifth member would be mutually beneficial in the furtherance of international non-proliferation objectives,” the Ministry of External Affairs said, in a statement.
US ambassador Richard Verma welcomed the development. “A very good development. Well done,” he tweeted.
France too welcomed India’s accession.