Sunday, 23 March 2014

President Jonathan Arrives Netherlands For Nuclear Summit

President Goodluck Jonathan has arrived Amsterdam, Netherlands, ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) scheduled to hold in The Hague on Monday.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the President's Senior Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

The president, according to the statement, had earlier travelled to Namibia and the Vatican on other official engagements before his arrival in Amsterdam.

The statement said the president was being joined at the summit by more than 50 other world leaders including United States President Barrack Obama and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, who is making his maiden trip to Europe since he assumed duty.

Other international organisations expected at the summit on observers' status included the Interpol, European Union and the United Nations.

The summit would focus on what had been achieved so far in securing nuclear materials and its future.

The NSS organisers said they picked the host country, Netherlands, because of its history of advocacy of peace and human rights.

The country was also chosen because it remains a major trans-shipment point with two major ports– the Schipol Airport and the port of Rotterdam– which heightens the risks of nuclear materials being smuggled across the borders through Netherlands.

The first summit in Washington DC, USA 2010, had drawn the attention of the world to threats of nuclear terrorism and the need to secure the materials which led to the second forum in Seoul, South Korea, in 2012.

The Seoul Nuclear Summit focused on the progress made on implementing the Washington work plan. (NAN)

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