OPCW director general meets with India officials

Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the OPCW
Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the OPCW | Courtesy of the OPCW

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Monday that Director General Ahmet Uzumcu visited the Republic of India last week to meet with Indian officials and discuss chemical weapons in Syria. 

Uzumcu addressed senior officials, security and disarmament experts and diplomats at the Institute for Defense Studies in New Delhi. In this address, Uzumcu said that India plays an important role in international efforts to ensure that chemical weapons are not used and in the overall mission to eliminate chemical weapons on a global scale. Uzumcu also delivered a lecture at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai about the important role that science and technology plays in disarmament efforts.

Uzumcu met with senior officials including Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Chairman of the National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Gurdial Singh Sandhu.

Meetings with officials focused on updates on the effort to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria and how they could increase cooperation between the OPCW and India. 

Uzumcu also said he appreciated what the Indian government has done to assist the OPCW in its ongoing efforts. 

Uzumcu also met with representatives from the chemical industry during is visit Sept. 2-5.

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