Vienna, Dec 8: In a major achievement, India on Thursday was granted the membership of elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement. The membership will not only help India in acquiring critical technologies but it will also strengthen India’s bid for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

The arrangement, which also plays a crucial role in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, has not admitted China yet despite being a member of NSG. China has been vehemently opposing India’s efforts to join NSG.

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In a statement, the group confirmed India’s entry after its twenty-third plenary meeting in Vienna. “Confirming that the WA’s existing membership criteria continue to apply, 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 42nd Participating State as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed,” the statement said.

The website of the organisation states the organisation was established in order to “contribute to regional and international security and stability, by promoting transparency and greater responsibility” in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilising accumulations.

Participating States seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities. The aim is also to prevent the acquisition of these items by terrorists.