Nepal says to sign Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-18 23:05:02|Editor: Zhou Xin
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KATHMANDU, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Nepal will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this week during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said here in Kathmandu on Monday.

Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is the in-charge of foreign affairs, will ink the treaty on behalf of Nepal, MoFA spokesperson Bharat Raj Paudyal said.

Signature of the treaty shows Nepal's commitment towards the achievement of a world free from the threat posed by nuclear weapons, the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will be leaving for New York on Tuesday to attend the UN General Assembly session.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, or the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, with the goal of leading towards their total elimination. It was adopted at the United Nations Conference on July 7, 2017.