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Defense Trade Policy Regulations Updated to Reflect Recent Changes

Monday, October 03, 2016
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The Department of State has issued an interim final rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations as follows. These amendments were effective as of Sept. 29 and comments on them are due no later than Oct. 31.

- designates Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA status qualifies a country for certain privileges supporting defense and security cooperation, including eligibility for training, loans of equipment for cooperative research and development, and ultimately foreign military financing for commercial leasing of certain defense articles)

- reorganizes the content in several paragraphs to clarify the intent of the ITAR (e.g., consolidating the list of proscribed countries and the provisions relevant to the rationale for defense trade sanctions)

- updates defense trade policy regarding Eritrea, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to reflect exemptions from the existing arms embargoes against those countries adopted by the United Nations Security Council

- updates defense trade policy regarding Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to reflect the termination of the UN sanctions regime (including arms embargoes) against those countries

- updates defense trade policy regarding Sri Lanka to reflect the removal of licensing restrictions pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016

- updates defense trade policy regarding Vietnam to reflect the State Department’s lifting of the ban on lethal weapons sales to that country

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