Egypt Independent

Egypt criticizes countries with nuclear weapons for failing to disarm

Egypt on Wednesday criticized countries possessing nuclear weapons for not having taken serious steps toward disarmament

, despite the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Wafaa Bassim, Egypt’s delegate to the United Nations in Geneva, denounced the postponement of a conference on freeing the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction scheduled for December, even though countries of the region — except Israel — had expressed their willingness to attend.

Bassim urged that a date be set for the conference, before the convening of a separate conference scheduled to review the treaty in April.

Egypt has in the past called on all countries in the region to join the treaty, in order to create a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

Edited translation from MENA