In a big milestone, India became the 42nd member of the “Wassenaar Arrangement” which looks after the export controls for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies.
The decision was taken at the two-day plenary in Vienna. The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler, also said “as president of the Wassenaar Arrangement this year and co-rapporteur of India’s candidacy, France warmly congratulates India for joining the arrangement”.
“Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) participating states reviewed the progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary meeting to admit India which will become the arrangement’s 42 participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed,” said an official statement by the group members.
The WA looks after the export of combat aircraft, gunship helicopters, large-caliber artillery, warships, missiles or missile systems and much more.
Speculations are also made that this development will also pave the way to get NSG membership for India.