Mexico joins international arms control agreement

On 25 January, Mexico joined the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, becoming the 41st state participant in the agreement. The Wassenaar Arrangement is a comprehensive control regime which aims to promote transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of arms, including small arms and light weapons. The US Department of State congratulated Mexico in a statement, saying “Mexico’s decision to implement regulatory and administrative reforms needed to join the Wassenaar Arrangement highlights the commitment of the Mexican government to controlling exports and preventing destabilising accumulations of conventional arms”.