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Pakistan, US discuss security, non-proliferation in strategic dialogue

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Pakistani officials headed by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry discussed US-Pakistan security, strategic stability nonproliferation with US officials under US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry co-chaired the seventh round of the meeting of US-Pakistan Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation Working Group in Washington.

The delegations exchanged views over international efforts to enhance nuclear security, peaceful applications of nuclear energy, nonproliferation, export controls, regional stability and security.

The U.S. side lauded Pakistan’s efforts to harmonize its strategic trade controls with those of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and other multilateral export control regimes, the statement said. Both sides emphasized the desirability of continued outreach to integrate Pakistan into the international nonproliferation regime. Pakistan stressed the need for access to peaceful nuclear technology as a socioeconomic imperative.

The delegations reaffirmed the high importance that both countries attach to preventing the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery to states as well as non-state actors.

The Pakistan delegation welcomed the understanding reached between Iran and P5+1, underscored the importance of resolving the nuclear issue peacefully, and expressed its earnest hope that the parties concerned will be able to finalize a comprehensive settlement.

In the meeting Pakistan underlined its preference for a broader Fissile Material Treaty (FMT) that addresses the asymmetries in existing stocks and highlighted that Pakistan’s position on FMT will be determined by its national security interests and the objectives of strategic stability in South Asia.

Both sides recognized their shared interest in strategic stability in the region.

The United States expressed full confidence in Pakistan’s indigenous efforts to strengthen nuclear security, and welcomed Pakistan’s efforts to strengthen export controls and border security including through ongoing efforts for installation of radiation portal monitors at border crossings, as well as Pakistan’s hosting of IAEA training activities at its Nuclear Security Center of Excellence.

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