Nepal reiterates desire for complete WMD disarmament

Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha reiterated on Monday that the nation favors the complete disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction, including chemical, biological and radiological weapons.

Shrestha spoke at a two-day seminar titled "Chemical Weapons Convention and Chemical Safety and Security Management," and said that Nepal advocates for the promotion of non-proliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction throughout the world, My Republica reports.

"Nepal supports the rational control of conventional arms, including small arms and light weapons, while maintaining the position that every state has legitimate rights to acquire such weapons for defense purpose," Shrestha said, My Republica reports.

Multiple members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation attended the meeting on Monday and Tuesday. The seminar was jointly organized by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

G. Prasanna, the director of the SAARC Secretariat, said during the seminar that regional cooperation was imperative for the elimination of chemical weapons and hazardous chemicals around the globe.

Nepal planned to present a paper on chemical safety and management during the seminar to show the significant efforts made by the government to implement CWC provisions and handle hazardous chemicals.

One goal of the seminar was to come up with useful recommendations and ideas to establish a world free of hazardous chemicals and chemical weapons, My Republica reports.