Azerbaijan’s contribution important to ensure nuclear safety

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's participation in the Fourth Nuclear Security Summit is very important and significant, Samad Seyidov, chairman of the international and interparliamentary relations committee at the parliament of Azerbaijan, has told Trend.

The Fourth Nuclear Security Summit will be held in Washington, D.C., March 31 - April 1.

Seyidov, who also heads the Azerbaijan-US parliamentary relations working group, said that holding such a summit is very important, particularly in terms of the processes recently taking place in the world.

"The forces that want to destroy democratic values often call for using weapons of mass destruction," said Seyidov.

He also said the countries participating in the summit haven't been selected randomly.

"These states may contribute to the nuclear safety system," he added. "Therefore, Azerbaijan's participation in the summit is important given the country's role in solving the problem of ensuring stability and security in the world."

Azerbaijan has joined all the international nuclear safety conventions, becoming one of the countries that ensure stability at a high level, said Seyidov.

"But unfortunately, there are countries that treat this issue from a completely different position," added Seyidov. "The obsolete Metsamor nuclear power plant, which doesn't meet any standards and undermines nuclear safety the most, is still operating in Armenia."

"A paradoxical situation occurred in this regard," he said. "Azerbaijan, which has no nuclear weapons and nuclear power plant, has become a country ensuring nuclear safety in the region due to its economic potential. Armenia, which uses nuclear technologies and which has a nuclear power plant, has become a country, which not only failed to ensure nuclear safety, but also a country posing nuclear threat."

Source: Trend

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