Egypt has walked out of a round of global nuclear talks in protest at what it called the failure to implement a 1995 resolution for a Middle East as a zone free of nuclear weapons.
A statement from Egypt’s foreign ministry on Monday said the nation ended its participation in two weeks of Geneva talks out of frustration that the zone has yet to be created. The talks run through this week.
“We can’t wait forever for the implementation of this decision,” said the ministry’s statement on Monday night, explaining that Egypt’s walkout was meant to send a message to the world that it can no longer accept what it considers to be a lack of seriousness on the issue.
But establishing the Middle East as a zone free of nuclear weapons has long been an elusive goal.
US and Israeli officials have said a nuclear arms-free zone in the Middle East could not be a reality until there was broad Arab-Israeli peace and Iran curbed its nuclear programme, which Tehran says is for peaceful energy and research purposes."