(www.cihannews.com) вЂ" The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism meeting has started in Turkish capital Ankara with the participation of delegations from 13 countries, including Turkey that hosts the gathering.
Representatives from the world's five leading nuclear powers -the US, Russia, France, Britain, and China- in addition to those from Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan, Australia, Morocco and Kazakhstan attend the two-day event chaired by Rafet Akgunay, deputy undersecretary of Turkish Foreign Ministry, reports Trend.
The American Ambassador to Ankara Ross L. Wilson represents the US in the meeting of an international effort aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The initiative aims exchange of information as well as technical and technological cooperation among the countries to prevent nuclear proliferation.
An official from the International Atomic Energy Agency is also attending the meeting as observer.
In July 2006, the US and Russian presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin announced the initiative at the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, urging like-minded countries to expand joint efforts to combat nuclear terrorism.
The group held its first meeting in Morocco in October 2006.