Just after three days of failing for NSG membership, India today will finally make its first entry into an international level export control regime. The country has finally completed all the procedural formalities for becoming a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

We applied for the membership of MTCR last year and all the procedural formalities have been completed. Tomorrow, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will sign the document of accession into MTCR in the presence of Ambassadors of France, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

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This isn’t the first time that India tried to become a member of Missile Technology Control Regime, last year we were opposed by Italy which was not happy over the marines dispute with India. They were accused of killing two fishermen of Kerela in the year 2012 but however, as they were returned to their country, Italy decided to soften its heart towards India.

What’s more significant about India’s entry into MTCR is that China, who recently opposed the membership of India into  NSG is itself not the member of MTCR which includes 34 nations in total.

India to become a member of MTCR
Source: thewire

Since after India’s nuclear deal with the US, India has been trying to become a member of one of the export control regimes like the Australia group, NSG, MTCR and etc.

For entering into this control regime, India also got an advantage when it decided to join the Hague Code of Conduct which deals with the ballistic missile non-proliferation arrangement.

The main principle of MTCR is to restrict the growth of missiles, unmanned air vehicles, complete rocket systems. Along with these weapons, it is also considered to ban the growth of those systems which can be used to transport the weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

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