Kuwait praises Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention efforts

Kuwait's permanent delegate to the U.N. and International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim speaks in Geneva this week during meetings with fellow BTWC member nations' envoys. | Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait praised the efforts of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) Tuesday at the United Nations' European headquarters in Geneva.

The BTWC is helping “build a more secure world” through its efforts, Kuwait's permanent delegate to the U.N. and International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim said. He also said the entire world should be focusing on ways to prevent the production of toxins and biological weapons. Al-Ghunaim said Kuwait would like to renew the country's commitment to the BTWC treaty.

Established in 1975, the BTWC consists of 170 countries that signed on to the treaty. The convention hopes to move the world toward complete disarmament of all types of weapons of mass destruction.

Under the weapons disarmament treaty, the countries agreed not to develop, produce or stockpile biological weapons, and to destroy any such weapons that were in their possession upon signing on to the convention.