FM – Egypt Keen On Establishing Me Nuclear-Free Region

“Egypt is keen on establishing a Middle East region free of weapons of mass destruction,” said Foreign Minister Sameh Shourki in a statement to the Middle East News Agency.

The minister made this remark following his meeting with the Finish coordinator of the deferred 2012 Helsinki conference on nuclear-free Middle East.

He noted that Egypt floated a proposal in the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), which took place in 2010 in the UN headquarters in New York, to implement what has agreed upon in 1995 to establish a nuclear arms-free zone in the Middle East.

The minister explained that the Finnish coordinator’s efforts are very positive as he has made a briefing of his contacts over the past four years to help convening the conference and start a process that could lead to freeing the Middle East region from WMDs and reaching a binding legal framework to set up such zone.

Shoukri said Egypt is fully ready to continue positive interaction in order to reach a document that could lead to the convocation of the conference.

Source : Egypt State Information Service