Pakistan PM leaves for U.S. to attend nuclear summit
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, April 10, IRNA -- Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani Saturday left for Washington to lead the Pakistan delegation at the Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Washington from 12-13 April, officials said.
President Barack Obama had invited Prime Minister Gilani, the Foreign Ministry has said.
Army Chief, ministers and top officials were at the military airbase to see the Prime Minister off to Washington.
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 to be hosted by President Barak Obama on April 12 for the Heads of State/Government participating in the Summit, he said in a statement.
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.
Pakistan has developed and put in place multi-layered fail-safe mechanisms for the safety and security of its nuclear assets, he said.
Leaders from more than forty countries along with the UN Secretary General and Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has 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.
“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,” the spokesman said.
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