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Israel's stand on NPT still ambiguous: Egypt

Asking Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Egypt today said the Jewish state's stand on nuclear arms was still ambiguous.

world Updated: Sep 22, 2009 20:02 IST

Asking Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Egypt on Wednesday said the Jewish state's stand on nuclear arms was still ambiguous.

Chairman of Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Muhammad Ibrahim Shaker, said Israel's actions showed that the country was not ready to join the NPT.

Shaker, an international expert in disarmament issues, said Israel should join the NPT in line with the American proposal which urged all countries to join the treaty and abide by its articles and terms.

Commenting on the UN Security Council summit on nuclear disarmament scheduled for Thursday, he said he has received a copy of the American draft resolution on nuclear disarmament which will be reviewed by the Council.

This is the first summit of the Security Council on nuclear disarmament to be chaired by an American President.

The US bill is comprehensive and contributes to making steps to reach a world free of nuclear weapons, he said.

"It also deals with all issues pertaining to the nuclear weapons disarmament and the non-proliferation treaty," he added.

The NPT is a treaty to limit the spread of nuclear weapons, opened for signature on July 1, 1968.