Stockholm, 15 December 2021 (TDI): Today’s 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Stockholm Initiative, reunited 16 Ministers from Non-Nuclear Weapon states. From Argentina to Germany and Jordan, States leaders brought different opinions on the Non-Proliferation Treaty feasibility strategies.

Therefore, in a joint press release, the ministers reaffirmed their government’s commitment to the Stockholm Initiative’s work. This is because it promotes results-oriented success at the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

On the other hand, in the framework of the 5th Ministerial Meeting, the Jordanian Minister met bilaterally with his peers from Norway, Germany, Sweden, among others. As a result,  he summed up these meetings as focused on Middle East stability as the top priority.

Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament 

The Stockholm Initiative, launched in 2019, aims to open up a political space for leadership. It follows an ambitious but realistic agenda on the matter. Furthermore, the Initiative highlights the importance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a cornerstone of international security.

That is why at the Berlin session in 2020, the 16 ministers adopted a declaration regarding concrete measures for the implementation of the NPT. Thus, the proposals called “stepping stones” marked practical proceedings to minimize risk conflict and accidental nuclear weapon use.

Furthermore, the Berlin Declaration was later ratified in Jordan and Spain through ministerial meetings. In this line, Jordan, which co-hosted the 4th ministerial meeting in Germany, pointed out the Kingdom’s mission within the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

5th Ministerial Meeting of the Stockholm Initiative
 Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde, co-chaired with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Baerboc, the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament meeting.

The 5th Ministerial Meeting took place on Tuesday evening in Stockholm. The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany.

In a press statement after the gathering, they collectively focused on the 10th Review
Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). This will be held from January 4th to 28th in 2022. In this line, Ministers expressed their deepest support to Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen, the President-designate of the Conference.

Therefore, the ministers indicated their shared approach by the upcoming 10th Review Conference. They said that “nuclear-weapon States must promote nuclear disarmament, by Article VI of the Treaty.” The 10th Conference is an opportunity to “demonstrate political leadership and honor commitments,” they added.

Jordan’s Bilateral Meetings

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Expatriates of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, joined in official bilateral meetings with his colleagues from Stockholm, Norway, and Germany. In this line, Minister Sadafi discussed with Swedish Foreign Minister about enhancing their States’ ties.

In addition, they emphasized mutual support between both governments to address the challenges together. Especially when it comes to the Palestinian problems and their refugees.

On the other hand, during the meeting of the Jordanian minister with the Norwegian minister, they focused on the Middle East peace process. In addition, the Jordanian Minister noted Norway’s critical role as chair of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee.

Finally, Ayman Sadafi had his first conversation with the German Foreign Minister about strengthening their States partnership. They agreed on fostering regional stability through peace and prosperity.