Egyptian foreign ministry delegation participates in Nuclear Security Summit  
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - AP/Amr Nabil
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CAIRO: An Egyptian foreign ministry delegation arrived in Washington Wednesday to take part in the meetings of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit scheduled for March 31-April 1, according to Youm7.

The delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, “will review a report on actions taken by Egypt in the field of nuclear security, especially with regard to the protection of nuclear materials, the creation of a database of radioactive sources, and the fight against illicit trafficking of nuclear material,” foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid was quoted by Youm7 Wednesday.

During the two-day summit, representatives of 52 states and international organizations are to discuss goals of common interest including the inherent right to benefit from the peaceful uses of atomic energy side by side with implementing security measures to prevent potential disasters that might occur, said Abu Zeid.

He said that Egypt’s participation in the summit at the level of the foreign minister reflects “the importance the country attaches to nuclear security.”

The summit aims at preventing nuclear terrorism around the globe, to improve worldwide nuclear security by enhancing cooperation and to make concrete agreements aimed at better securing nuclear materials and facilities, according to the summit website.

The first summit was held in Washington, D.C. in 2010, the second was held in Seoul, South Korea in 2012 while the third summit was held in the Netherlands in 2014.

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