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UAE participates in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Ministerial Meeting in Hiroshima

posted on 13/04/2014: 1754 views

Hiroshima, Japan: A high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday participated in the 8th ministerial meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) held in Hiroshima, Japan.

The UAE delegation was led by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state, with the participation of Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

During the meeting, ministers and senior officials discussed the progress of the NPDI initiative and highlighted the important contributions and working papers made in advance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference being held 28 April to 9 May, 2014 in New York City. The meeting also discussed pressing international cases of non-proliferation, including the ongoing nuclear programs in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Iran.

"The UAE is an active member of multiple international initiatives promoting non-proliferating efforts," said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state. "Our non-proliferation credentials are well recognised within the international community. The UAE remains committed to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and to working with our international partners to promote its full implementation." In 1995, the UAE became a non-nuclear weapon state party to the NPT and concluded a comprehensive safeguards agreement with the IAEA in 2003 with an additional protocol in 2009.

The NPDI ministerial was held at Hiroshima, where the first war-time atomic bomb in history was dropped. Ministers visited the Cenotaph for atomic bomb victims and the Peace Memorial Museum. During the meeting, ministers were universal in their calls for a systematic and continued reduction of all types of nuclear weapons and for full implementation of comprehensive safeguard agreements with additional protocols as verification standards.

On the sidelines of the event, the UAE delegation met the Australian delegation where they discussed areas of common interest.

The ministers welcomed The Hague Communiqué which addresses the threat of nuclear terrorism and the need for stronger international cooperation in the areas of nuclear security. The Communique was adopted at the recent Nuclear Security Summit held in the Netherlands in March 2014, which was attended by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The NDPI meeting concluded with a joint statement from the ministers re-affirming their commitment and shared goals to advance the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation agendas.

NPDI is a cross-regional, ministerial-level group initiated by 10 countries including the UAE. It focuses on practical steps that will take forward the consensus outcomes of the 2010 NPT Review Conference. Other member countries include Australia, Japan, Canada, Chile, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland and Turkey. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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