Indian Experts to visit Afghanistan to Further Partnership under OPCW Mentorship Programme

A team of Indian experts will soon visit Afghanistan to advance the ongoing cooperation between the two countries under the world chemical weapons watchdog’s mentorship and partnership programme, a top Indian diplomat has said.

Addressing a conference of State Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), India’s ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative of India to OPCW Venu Rajamony said India condemns the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances.

As per the Economic Times report, Hague-based OPCW is an international organization which came into force in 1997 to implement and enforce the terms of the international treaty, which prohibits the use, stockpiling or transfer of chemical weapons by signatory States. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

“All perpetrators of such abhorrent acts must be held accountable. At the same time, all investigations into alleged use of chemical weapons should be impartial, objective and conducted strictly in accordance with the Convention. The impartiality and integrity of the OPCW should be preserved under all circumstances,” Rajamony said.

“All perpetrators of such abhorrent acts must be held accountable. At the same time, all investigations into alleged use of chemical weapons should be impartial, objective and conducted strictly in accordance with the Convention. The impartiality and integrity of the OPCW should be preserved under all circumstances,” Rajamony said.

He said Indian experts will soon visit Afghanistan as part of cooperation between the two national authorities, under the OPCW national authority mentorship/partnership programme, the Indian embassy said in a statement.

The programme facilitates visits between the national authorities who are at different stages of national implementation.

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