Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

India, Pakistan Membership to Strengthen SCO's Anti-Terror Fight - Moscow

India, Pakistan Membership to Strengthen SCO's Anti-Terror Fight - Moscow

Deliberations are now underway in Vienna over India's membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement, a major export control regime that deals with non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The Wassenaar Arrangement is one of the four export control regimes India has been trying to enter ever since it inked the civil nuclear cooperation agreement with United States in 2008.

There are "very good chances of a positive action" on India's application tomorrow at the Wassenaar Arrangement's plenary session in Vienna, Ryabkov said.

The decision was taken at the grouping's plenary meeting in Vienna.

"If everything goes as expected".

The US has welcomed India's inclusion.

The deputy foreign minister of Russian Federation asserted that this is an example and reflection of his country's unwavering commitment and support to India in internationally recognised export control groups.

Here's what you need to know about the Wassenaar Arrangement, in three points. Asked for his reaction to Ryabkov's comments, Geng said all the members of the NSG supported the two-step approach-to find non-discriminatory solution that applies to all non-NPT countries then on that basis discuss the application of the non-NPT counties.

In June past year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), another key export control regime, as a full member. The meeting is also being seen as an attempt by India to balance a perceived pro-U.S. tilt, coming after the first meeting of the U.S. -Japan-Australia-India "Quad" last month, and the upcoming India-Japan-Australia trilateral, also due to take place next week.

This move is expected to help New Delhi acquire critical technologies, and raise its stature in the field of non-proliferation, even though it is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT.

The SCO is an global organization which was founded in 2001 and presently includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as permanent members.

Accepting India and Pakistan into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as permanent members will increase the organization's potential in the fight against worldwide terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Monday. After India's application for entry into the elite group which controls nuclear trade, Pakistan, China's all-weather ally, too had applied with the tacit backing of Beijing.

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