Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is all set to sign the instrument of accession into Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which could happen on Monday.
The sccession would take place in a ceremony which is to be attended by the MTCR chair troika — envoys from France, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Apart from Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), MTCR is one of the four export control regimes of which India has been aspiring to become a member. The four export control regimes include MTCR, NSG, Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement.
India’s efforts to become a member of the MTCR began after the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008. “Membership of one export control regime can be reinforcing on others, since India’s credentials are vetted in one and the remaining three can follow the example,” said an Indian official.
The government made its case in June and October last year, but Italy raised objections in the 34-member grouping — membership is decided by consensus (like NSG) — since it was upset with India over the Italian marines’ dispute.
However with both the marines being allowed to return to their country, Rome has dropped its objections.