A still image of Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry during his recorded speech on Wednesday 2 March, 2022. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook page.
The minister’s remarks came on Tuesday in a recorded speech he addressed to the high-level segment of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva, urging countries to meet their commitments to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Ahmed Ehab — Egypt’s permanent envoy to the United Nations and international organisations in Geneva — said that the minister also reviewed the efforts exerted over more than 26 years to keep the Middle East an area free of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
Furthermore, Shoukry said that Egypt looks forward to making further contributions on disarmament and cooperating and coordinating with all member states to realise this goal.
The CD — which meets three times a year in Geneva — is a multilateral disarmament forum established by the international community to negotiate arms control and disarmament agreements.
The conference, which comprises 65 member states, always takes into account the recommendations of the United Nations General Assembly and the proposals of its member states.