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Minister Coveney opens the 31st Plenary Meeting of the Missile Technology Control Regime

Diplomatic Relations, Disarmament, International Relations, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Security, Press Releases, Global, 2017


Minister Coveney opens the 31st Plenary Meeting of the Missile Technology Control Regime


The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D was pleased to formally open the 31st Plenary Meeting of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) today alongside the Icelandic representative, Permanent Secretary of State Mr Sturla Sigurjonsson.


During his opening remarks, Minister Coveney stated:


Ireland is very proud to partner with our Icelandic counterparts and assume the role of Co-Chair for the 2017-18 Session of the MTCRtogether with our Icelandic partners, we are showing ourselves ready to meet our obligations to promote non-proliferation by co-chairing the MTCR


“In the 30 years since its formation, the MTCR has proven its worth. It has now expanded to encompass 35 partners, partners who are united in a common purpose. The spirit of cooperation has always been a feature of this regime and it is a feature that is now more than ever needed if we are to ensure our success and to continue to lead the way in terms of missile non-proliferation.”


The weeklong Plenary has brought together over 260 delegates from 35 partner countries to discuss issues related to missile proliferation including licensing and enforcement challenges and technological developments.


During their tenure as co-chairs, Ireland and Iceland will work to enhance the effectiveness of the regime and will also undertake outreach to non-partners and international organisations in order to raise awareness of the MTCR and its work in terms of preventing the missile proliferation.


Full remarks available at:



Notes for the Editors:

The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is an informal political understanding among states that seeks to limit the proliferation of missiles and missile technology. The MTCR seeks to limit the risks of proliferation of all types of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by controlling exports of goods and technologies that could support their delivery systems. Ireland and Iceland will co-chair the MTCR from October 2017