PM leaves for US today

On the invitation of President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will lead the Pakistan delegation at the Nuclear Security Summit being held in Washington on 12-13 April 2010.

He will be leaving for US today (Saturday) and would be accompanied by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

According to Foreign Office Spokesman, Prime Minister’s participation in the Nuclear Security Summit would be his first engagement in an international forum dealing with nuclear issues after assuming the Chairmanship of the National Command Authority (NCA).

It may be recalled that President Obama announced to host a Global Summit on Nuclear Security in his Prague speech in April 2009. He identified nuclear terrorism as the most immediate and extreme threat to global security. He announced to launch a new international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world within four years to prevent it from falling into the hands of terrorists.

Leaders from more than forty countries along with the UN Secretary General and Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been invited to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Ambassador Masood Khan was designated as our Sherpa (focal point) for the Summit. He along with his team of experts actively participated in the preparatory meetings held in Vienna, Washington D.C, Tokyo and The Hague. The preparatory meetings finalized the draft Communiqué and the Work Plan as two outcome documents of the Summit.

The programme of the Summit includes an exclusive kick-off dinner, two formal plenary sessions and a working lunch for the participating Heads of Delegation.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will be one of the lead speakers at the inaugural dinner being hosted by President Barak Obama on April 12 for the Heads of State/Government participating in the Summit.

The Nuclear Security Summit is aimed at evolving consensus on securing nuclear facilities and materials around the globe. As a nuclear weapon state, Pakistan is cognizant of its special responsibilities and attaches highest importance to the security of nuclear materials both for civil and military use. Pakistan has developed and put in place multi-layered fail-safe mechanisms for the safety and security of its nuclear assets.

The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with President Barack Obama and oth

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