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Pakistan's PM to participate in US Nuclear Security Summit

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 10, IRNA -- Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will lead Pakistan's delegation at Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington on 12-13 April on invitation of President Barack Obama, Foreign Ministry said Friday.

The Prime Minister’s participation in the Nuclear Security Summit would be his first engagement in an international forum dealing with nuclear issues after assuming the Chairmanship of the National Command Authority (NCA), the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Prime Minister Gilani will be one of the lead speakers at the inaugural dinner being hosted by President Barak Obama on April 12 for the Heads of State/Government participating in the Summit, he said in a statement.

“As a nuclear weapon state, Pakistan is cognizant of its special responsibilities and attaches highest importance to the security of nuclear materials both for civil and military use”.

Pakistan has developed and put in place multi-layered fail-safe mechanisms for the safety and security of its nuclear assets, he said.

The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with President Barack Obama and other world leaders on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

He will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The Nuclear Security Summit is aimed at evolving consensus on securing nuclear facilities and materials around the globe, the spokesman said.

Leaders from more than forty countries along with the UN Secretary General and Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been invited to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit.

The programme of the Summit includes an exclusive kick-off dinner, two formal plenary sessions and a working lunch for the participating Heads of Delegation.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1044811



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