Sri Lanka official visits OPCW headquarters

Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera visited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) headquarters on Wednesday to meet with the organization's Director General Ahmet Üzümcü.

The leaders discussed Sri Lanka's history of supporting the OPCW's work and its overall presence while noting that Sri Lanka was among the first nations to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Both parties also discussed the importance of open cooperation and engagement between Sri Lanka and the OPCW, and the director general also acknowledged the role that Sri Lanka has played in implementation, training and other forms of assistance in the implementation of the CWC. The current status of disarmament and non-proliferation activity was also discussed.

Perera also reaffirmed his country's commitment to continued support to the OPCW and looked forward to opening cooperative measures and projects with the organization. Both parties agreed that continued engagement would assist in the end-goal of pursuing peaceful uses of chemistry, the compounds it consists of, and the elimination of chemical threats of terror and weapons.

The CWC is an international agreement that prohibits the use, development, stockpile or proliferation of chemical weapons. Only six countries have not ratified the convention. Israel and Myanmar have signed the CWC but have yet to ratify it.

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