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The Arab League: The Middle East desperately needs to be free of nuclear weapons


Ambassador Khaled Al-Habbas, Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Political Affairs Sector of the League of Arab States, said that the Conference on Disarmament and Arms Control of the League of Arab States covers several axes of interest to countries in the region and the world, and presents the views of multiple parties on these issues, stressing that the risks of nuclear armament are a matter It raises the concern of the Arab countries in the absence of any international movement towards the implementation of international resolutions demanding the implementation of the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, and in light of the many negatives that have affected the disarmament and non-proliferation regime on the international scene in recent years, the matter raises many questions about the seriousness of some parties The international community in achieving the goal of freeing the world from nuclear weapons and proving that there is a more serious threat to international peace and security than the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the possibility of their use.

 

Al-Habbas added, before the conference, that the proposition made by some nuclear countries, which is based on the fact that the security environment and the international political situation are not conducive to moving forward with the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, represents a false and unconvincing logic. It is a key element in creating a less dangerous and more stable international situation.

 

He explained that the Middle East region is the region most in need of becoming a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

 

He said that the Arab countries have sought, for more than forty years, to make the Middle East a region free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, through several initiatives they launched.

 

Al-Habbas stressed that the failure to achieve the universality of the treaty so far represents an obstacle that cannot be overlooked, because the principle of the treaty is that it provides non-nuclear countries with a security guarantee that their neighbors do not misuse nuclear technology for armaments, a guarantee missing in the Middle East as long as Israel refuses to join the treaty and subject its nuclear facility for the comprehensive safeguards system of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

 

He said that Israel's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is imperative to initiate any confidence-building measures.

 

Al-Habbas said that on a related level, the Middle East region is witnessing dangerous and rapid developments in the security and political situations that represent a threat to regional security, explaining that the Arab countries have real concerns based mainly on the ambiguity and ambiguity surrounding some nuclear facilities in the region and the extent of their commitment to nuclear security and safety standards. .

 

He said that it is necessary to refer to the Iranian nuclear program, especially in light of what is going on around it these days and in light of the ambiguous and ambiguous nature of this program and the destabilizing role played by Iran in the region, in addition to the absence of the necessary transparency regarding the consistency of nuclear safety measures at Iran's Bushehr reactor. With the guiding standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency in this field.

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