Pakistan-US SSS&NP working group holds eighth spherical of talks

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Overseas Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Below Secretary of State for Arms Management and Worldwide Safety Rose Gottemoeller co-chaired the eighth spherical of the Pakistan-US Safety, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation (SSS&NP) Working Group right here Tuesday.

In accordance with a joint assertion issued by Pakistan’s Overseas Workplace, the delegations had a productive change of views on problems with mutual significance, together with strategic export management regimes, nonproliferation, and regional stability and safety, whereas constructing on the progress of the seventh Spherical of SSS&NP assembly held at Washington D.C. on 2nd June 2015.

The US delegation acknowledged Pakistan’s important efforts to harmonize its strategic commerce controls with these of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and different multilateral export management regimes, it mentioned.

Each side agreed on the worth of Pakistan’s continued engagement, outreach and integration into the worldwide non-proliferation regime. The Pakistan delegation expressed its confidence concerning Pakistan’s credentials to change into full member of the export management regimes, notably the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Missile Expertise Management Regime (MTCR). Each side dedicated to proceed cooperation associated to export management capacity-building beneath the U.S. Export Management and Associated Border Safety (EXBS) program, the assertion mentioned.

Pakistan careworn the necessity for entry to peaceable makes use of of nuclear expertise as a socio-economic crucial. Pakistan additionally indicated its curiosity in cooperation with the US on peaceable purposes of Nuclear Science in areas similar to Well being, Agriculture and Water. The US expressed its curiosity in exploring such nuclear science cooperation with Pakistan.

The delegations reaffirmed the excessive significance that each international locations connect to stopping the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and their technique of supply to states in addition to non-state actors. On this regard they, inter alia, famous that each have constantly supported and applied United Nations Safety Council Decision 1540. Each delegations agreed to stay engaged in discussions on an goal Complete Overview of the UN Safety Council Decision 1540, scheduled later this 12 months.

The US underscored its continued efforts to comprehend the agenda set forth in President Obama’s 2009 Prague speech. Each side famous the excessive precedence that arms management has for the worldwide group. The US outlined its nuclear stockpile reductions, defined its efforts to hunt congressional approval to ratify the Complete Nuclear-Take a look at-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and reaffirmed its dedication to not conduct additional nuclear check explosions. Pakistan reaffirmed its constant stance that it’s going to not be the primary in its area to renew nuclear testing and expressed its assist for the aims of CTBT which it has manifested by way of assist for CTBT-related resolutions within the United Nations Common Meeting.

The US underscored the necessity to start negotiations on a treaty coping with fissile supplies to be used in nuclear weapons. Pakistan underlined its choice for a broader Fissile Materials Treaty (FMT) that addresses the asymmetries in present shares and highlighted that its place will likely be decided by its nationwide safety pursuits and the aims of strategic stability in South Asia.

Each side acknowledged their curiosity in strategic stability and mentioned their respective issues over nuclear and missile developments in South Asia. In that context, Pakistan additionally expressed issues on the rising typical imbalance and reiterated its longstanding proposal for Strategic Restraint Regime (SRR) in South Asia and its readiness to pursue measures within the area geared toward constructing confidence and avoidance of arms race. Each side emphasised the significance of significant dialogue and progress on this space and expressed the hope for lasting peace in South Asia and the decision of excellent disputes by way of peaceable means.

The delegations expressed satisfaction on the profitable end result of the Nuclear Safety Summit course of which has resulted in additional strengthening of the worldwide nuclear safety structure. Each international locations welcomed their respective ratification of the Modification to the Conference on the Bodily Safety of Nuclear Materials and its entry into power earlier this month. Each side underscored the significance of stopping the danger of world nuclear terrorism and reaffirm their participation within the International Initiative to Fight Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT). Each events affirmed intentions to implement the voluntary political commitments made on the Nuclear Safety Summit with a view to boost nationwide nuclear safety practices.

Each side famous the Annual Assembly of Worldwide Community for Nuclear Safety Coaching and Help Centre hosted by Pakistan in March and institution of bodily safety exterior laboratory at Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence as reflective of Pakistan’s ongoing profitable collaboration with the IAEA.

The delegations additionally mentioned points associated to the Chemical Weapons Conference (CWC) and the Organic Weapons Conference (BWC) and dedicated to proceed such consultations. The delegations additionally emphasised their shared want for a profitable BWC Overview Convention in November and agreed to proceed working collectively to that finish.

The delegations reaffirmed that the Working Group stays a useful discussion board for discussing problems with vital mutual significance and said that they seemed ahead to future periods.

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