Safadi: We are working to achieve a Middle East free of nuclear weapons

MENA

Published: 2021-07-05 18:58

Last Updated: 2021-12-04 14:04


Safadi: We are working to achieve a Middle East free of nuclear weapons
Safadi: We are working to achieve a Middle East free of nuclear weapons

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, participated in the fourth ministerial meeting of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty, hosted by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, in the Spanish capital, Madrid. The Spanish Foreign Minister chaired the work of the fourth ministerial meeting in partnership with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Sweden's Foreign Minister Anne Lindh.

The fourth ministerial meeting came based on the outcomes of the third ministerial meeting hosted by Jordan last January, at the joint invitation of Safadi and the German and Swedish foreign ministers.

In his intervention during the meeting, Safadi stressed that Jordan will continue to work with partners in the international community in order to reach a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

Safadi stressed the need to adopt a single standard with regard to dealing with nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

He also stressed the need to focus on resolving all regional crises, and thus focus efforts on development rather than armaments.

As part of the Kingdom's efforts to build a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction, Safadi noted that the Kingdom chaired the conference convened by the United Nations on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in 2019 in New York.

Safadi added that Jordan, as part of its serious endeavor to support international efforts to disarm weapons of mass destruction and nuclear weapons, joined as a founding member of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which was launched in Sweden in 2019, and hosted the third ministerial conference of the Stockholm Initiative, which adopted an expanded work program for the success of the initiative. The Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to be held in New York this year.

Safadi expressed his thanks to the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation for the organization of the fourth ministerial meeting and the distinguished efforts made by Spain to make its work a success. He also thanked the Foreign Ministers of Spain, Germany and Sweden for co-chairing the work of the meeting.

The foreign ministers of Jordan, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Kazakhstan participated in the meeting. Also, through the videoconference mechanism, foreign ministers and senior officials of the remaining member states of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament participated, namely: the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Argentina, and New Zealand.