Cameron, China FM condole Lahore blast, express solidarity with Pakistan

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WASHINGTON – British Prime Minister (PM) David Cameron and Chinese Foreign Minister (FM) have expressed grief over Lahore blast in a meeting with Special Assistant to PM Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi on the sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit (NSS)
The two leaders expressed solidarity with Pakistan in war on terror.

Leaders and representatives of more than 50 countries are participating in the Nuclear Security Summit. President of the United States (POTUS) Barack Obama is hosting the event for the fourth and last time during his tenure.

While addressing the inaugural sitting, Obama said that the world is facing an imminent threat from North Korea as it is persistent on developing nuclear weapons. There is a possibility that nuclear weapons go in hands of extremist outfit, Daesh, he added.

The US President held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart on the sidelines of the summit.

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani said that Pakistan is playing a leading role in global nuclear safety and security regime.

Speaking ahead of the summit, the ambassador said that measures taken by the government to build capacity in nuclear security have been acknowledged by the United States.

Jilani said that as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan has contributed meaningfully towards the global nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation measures.

It should be noted here that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cancelled his US visit in view of the terrorist attack in Lahore, which took a heavy toll on the lives of innocent citizens and caused injuries to scores of people.

Following the tragic development, Minister of State and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Syed Tariq Fatemi is leading the Pakistani delegation in the summit.

Pakistan has actively participated in the NSS process and has developed a robust Command and Control System and multi-layered security of its nuclear programme.
Pakistan cooperates closely with IAEA.

Pakistan has already ratified the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

2016-04-01

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