- Middle East/North Africa
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