In his opening remarks at the informal plenary on the future of the Nuclear Security Summit in Hague on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that constant vigilance at the national level and international cooperation are necessary to strengthen nuclear security.
The Prime Minister said it is good to see that the entire membership of the IAEA will own and upholds the decisions taken by the Nuclear Security Summits after 2016.
He underlined the need for dispelling the impression that the Nuclear Security Summit process is imposing new mandates on the Agency.
Nawaz Sharif said the focus should be on synergy and coordination among various components of the nuclear security architecture in post-2016.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif stressed constant vigilance and preparedness at the national level as well as international cooperation, which were necessary to strengthen the nuclear security.” Let me clarify that there is no such thing as ‘nuclear security fatigue’. Nuclear security is a continuous national responsibility,” Prime Minister said
He suggested that in the years to come, the states should maintain the political will and high level focus to advance the agenda of nuclear security.
“In future, while implementing our decisions, we have to strike a balance between confidentiality and openness; and steer away from both alarmism and complacency. Nuclear security must not fade off the leaders’ radar screens,” he maintained.
The Prime Minister expressed the pleasure that US President Barack Obama would be hosting the next nuclear security summit (NSS) in 2016.
“It is only fitting that this process, which was launched in the United States, is also concluded there. We know we cannot hold the summits in perpetuity,” he added.
He said in the past four years, three summits had made progress; and their next summit would cover fresh ground. “We have to look beyond the present process and the 2016.” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also stressed the need to broaden participation in this process for widening its ownership to enhance its legitimacy.
It makes perfect sense that beyond 2016 the entire membership of the IAEA owns and upholds the decisions taken by the nuclear security summits, he opined. “In close consultation with the IAEA membership, we should dispel the impression that the NSS process is imposing new mandates on the agency.”
He said, “As we go forward, we will have to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort. We are not creating parallel mechanisms or a new treaty regime.”
He said in post-2016, the focus should be on synergy and coordination among various components of the nuclear security architecture – which comprises the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), the UN 1540 Committee, conventions on physical protection of nuclear material and the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism, and relevant international forums.
The IAEA could play a lead role on this in accordance with its statute, he added. He said to take this step beyond 2016; it was prudent to devolve the process to a lower level, with the backing and continuing interest of leaders.
“The process, we envisage, could be supported by senior officials and experts. The exact cycle and scope of the follow-up process, led by the IAEA, could be discussed at the 2016 Summit,” he added.
The Prime Minister observed that in parallel, the IAEA’s three yearly nuclear security conferences would be a mean to sustain the present momentum.
“By 2016, our four summits would have put substantial content on the table for follow-up and implementation, which are key for strengthened international cooperation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of 3rd Nuclear Security Summit on Tuesday.
Nawaz Sharif and Merkel exchanged views on the prospects of bilateral cooperation in different sectors. They also discussed regional situation.
The Prime Minister and the German Chancellor discussed bilateral ties & regional situation and German Chancellor lauded Pakistan’s role in Afghan reconciliation process
Both the leaders exchanged views on the prospects of bilateral cooperation in different sectors, particularly in energy.
The two leaders also discussed regional situation and Nawaz Sharif assured the German Chancellor that Pakistan would fully cooperate in the process of the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister assured Angela Merkel that Pakistan would fully cooperate in the process of the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.
During the meeting, Angela Merkel lauded Pakistan’s role in the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
While talking to media persons following the meeting, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed the meeting “productive”. He thanked the German Chancellor for her country’s support for Pakistan to get GSP Plus status. Nawaz Sharif said talks with German Chancellor were fruitful
The Prime Minister said the meeting also discussed Pakistan’s relations with India and Afghanistan. Merkel appreciated Pakistan’s efforts and contribution for ensuring peace in the region.
Meanwhile, France acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror. French President appreciated Pakistan’s initiative to normalize its relations with India.
The acknowledgement was voiced by French President Francois Hollande at a meeting with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on the side lines of Nuclear Summit at The Hague.
The French President also appreciated Pakistan’s initiative to normalize its relations with India. He also commended economic reforms being undertaken by the Pakistan government. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan’s friends must acknowledge its sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.
He said Pakistan economy suffered heavily and now it is the responsibility of the world nations to pay back in terms of enhanced cooperation in trade and economy.
Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan attaches special importance to its relations with France and that hopes these relations will continue to improve in all fields.
The Prime Minister also met US President Barrack Obama, Chinese President XI Jinping and Turkish President Abdullah Gul and discussed ways to promote bilateral relations.