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Arab League discussing establishing Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons

Arab League in CairoCairo : The 49th meeting of the Committee of Senior Arab Officials on Nuclear and other Weapons of Mass Destruction started at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo on Wednesday.

The two-day meeting will discuss a number of issues, most notably the Arab move to activate and implement “Convening a Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The meeting comes in the wake of the recent action taken by the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on a draft resolution on “Convening a Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East”. If adopted, the UNGA would entrust the UN Secretary General with convening, no later than June 2019, a conference on establishing such a zone, to which all Middle Eastern countries will be invited.

—AB/UNA-OIC

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