MEA to host Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of GICNT on February 8-10

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 5 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs in coordination with the Department of Atomic Energy will host the Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to combat Nuclear Terrorism on February 8-10, 2017 at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra. Approximately 150 delegates from various GICNT partner countries and international organisations will be participating in this event. This event highlights India's commitment to global nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It is a part of our overall engagement with the international community on nuclear security issues. It also highlights the continued priority we attach to nuclear security, our efforts to further strengthen the institutional frameworks, capacity building and enhance international cooperation. The possible use of weapons of mass destruction and related material by terrorists is no longer a theoretical concern. A breach of nuclear security may lead to unimaginable consequences. Such an event would have a global impact. Foreign Secretary of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar is expected to inaugurate the meeting. The meeting will conclude with an address by Dr. R. B. Grover, Member, Atomic Energy Commission of India. GICNT was launched in 2006 jointly by the Russian Federation and the United States. GICNT comprises four working groups - Implementation and Assessment Group, Nuclear Detection Working Group, Nuclear Forensics Working Group and Response and Mitigation Working Group. India has been an active participant at the GICNT events. (ANI)