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9506_350_175.jpgMOSCOW, OCTOBER 24, 2012. PIR PRESS – «Why don’t we internationalize, regionalize the Iranian sensitive technologies, and bring in Arab stakeholders? Iran will keep its initial facilities, but will have partners that will overlook the process and will be there on the board like in case of URENCO. This will have the advantage that we will be all watching each other but it will also imply the economy of scale and there will be no need for other countries to develop things that are already there», –  Mohamed Shaker, Chairman of Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.

On October 5, 2012, Chairman of Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mohamed Shaker visited PIR Center in the framework of Midweek Brainstorming Sessions. The Ambassador discussed with PIR Center research fellows the results of international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions” held on the previous day and outlined his vision of the situation in the region. The two sides also evaluated practical implementation of the agreement for cooperation between PIR Center and Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, which was signed in Summer 2012 in the framework of PIR Center project Russia and the Middle East: Promoting Strategic Interests

IMG_4850.JPGOne of the key spheres of cooperation between two research organizations is the analysis of the situation around nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East, where PIR Center and Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs work on new approaches to solve regional problems. Mohamed Shaker promotes the following concept: «Why don’t we internationalize, regionalize the Iranian sensitive technologies, and bring in Arab stakeholders? Iran will keep its initial facilities, but will have partners that will overlook the process and will be there on the board like in case of URENCO. This will have the advantage that we will be all watching each other but it will also imply the economy of scale and there will be no need for other countries to develop things that are already there».

The results of this Midweek discussion will be reflected in the PIR Center’s nongovernmental White Paper on creation of Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East. White Paper is scheduled to be published in December 2012. Main ideas on this issue have been delivered by PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov in his address WMD-Free Zone In the Middle East: Don’t Postpone Search for Solutions on October 4, 2012.

For all questions concerning PIR Center project Russia and the Middle East: Promoting Strategic Interests please contact "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Coordinator Alexander Kolbin, tel.: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, email: kolbin at pircenter.org.

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