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3-day global nuclear security meet hosted by India begins tomorrow


3-day global nuclear security meet hosted by India begins tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: PTI/File)

New Delhi: India will host a key meet on nuclear security here on Wednesday which will be attended by delegates from over 100 countries, including Pakistan.

India is of the view that possible use of weapons of mass destruction and related material by terrorists is no longer a theoretical concern.

Officials said Pakistan would be represented by its High Commission officials.

The MEA, in coordination with the Department of Atomic Energy, is hosting the Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) on February 8-10.

Approximately 150 delegates from various GICNT partner countries and international organisations will participate in the event.

The development was pursuant to the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Nuclear Security Summit last year.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the event highlights India’s commitment to global nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy and is part of its overall engagement with the international community on nuclear security issues.

It noted that the possible use of weapons of mass destruction and related material by terrorists is no longer a theoretical concern.

“A breach of nuclear security may lead to unimaginable consequences. Such an event would have a global impact. It is imperative to strengthen international efforts to combat such threats. This meeting is therefore timely and important and would further enhance our vigil,” MEA had said.

GICNT was launched in 2006 jointly by the Russian Federation and the United States. In the past 10 years, it has grown to include 86 partner nations and five official observer organisations and has held several multilateral activities in support of its Statement of Principles.

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