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India on Monday formally joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar received the MTCR membership papers from Envoys of France, Netherlands and Luxembourg in a small ceremony in Delhi.

“Bolstering the non-proliferation agenda! In a signal move, India joins the Missile Technology Control Regime today,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

“Foreign Secretary Jaishankar receives MTCR membership papers from Envoys of France, Netherlands and Luxembourg,” he wrote in another tweet.

India’s efforts to get into the MTCR also got a boost after it agreed to join the Hague Code of Conduct, dealing with the ballistic missile non-proliferation arrangement, earlier this month.

MTCR membership will enable India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia.

The aim of the MTCR is to restrict the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles and related technology for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogramme payload for at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

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