OPCW director-general makes 2-day visit to Algeria

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General, Ahmet Uzumcu visited Algeria on Monday and Tuesday.

During his visit, Uzumcu opened the 13th Regional Meeting of National Authorities in Africa  in the city of Algiers, OPCW said.
   
Uzumcu also met with senior officials in the Algerian government, including Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdelhamid Senouci Bereski, Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry and Mining Rabea Kharfi and Maj. Gen. Djamal Gueroui of the Ministry of National Defense.

Uzumcu also gave a lecture at the Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology. Uzumcu spoke of the importance of the connection between universities across the globe and the scientific community and how that can facilitate the pursuit of peaceful uses of chemical science and the compounds that are discovered within the discipline. He also said that continued chemical disarmament would only be possible with continued cooperation internationally and with future generations of the world's leaders.

The OPCW is the enforcing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and it holds training courses that deal with multiple areas of the convention including nonproliferation, implementation and safe disposal of toxic chemical compounds. The OPCW will also take part in fact-finding missions to countries suspected of stockpiling, developing and using chemical weapons.

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