CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry heads to New York Wednesday to take part in the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which will kick off Monday, Youm7 reported.
On the sidelines of the visit, Shoukry is scheduled to hold meetings with his American and Jordanian counterparts.
The NPT, which entered into force in 1970, is an international treaty that to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament among states that already possess nuclear weapons. it is the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon states.
Israel, Pakistan, and India are the only nuclear states that are not signatories to the treaty; North Korea, which has announced its plans to develop a nuclear weapon, had acceded to the treaty as a non-nuclear state, but later withdrew.
During the meeting, Shoukry will also meet with representatives of the African Group comprising 54 member states in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “in order to garner their support to approve Egypt’s candidacy for 2016-2017 non-permanent seat in the UNSC,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty was quoted by Youm7 Monday.
The African Group is one of five regional groups in the UN Security Council. It is allocated three non-permanent Security Council seats to which they elect African nations on a rotating basis.
Elections for UNSC membership are to take place in October 2015.