“One. The United States supports the goal of creating a nuclear- and WMD-free-zone in the Middle East. It will be difficult but it is achievable. Two. The United States supports the convening of a conference in Helsinki to begin such a discussion and such a process. This is also difficult, much less difficult, and it could happen very rapidly, provided the states of the region are prepared to engage each other directly into terming an agenda,” - US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman.

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Name: Aboul-Enein, Sameh
Affiliation: Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt
Biography :

Dr. Aboul-Enein has previously served as Head of the Political Section and Counselor for Disarmament at the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the UN and to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He is the former Director of the United Nations Affairs Department at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked earlier in the cabinets of two ex-Egyptian Foreign Ministers. Early in the 1990s, he worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Political Science Department, American University in Cairo. Dr. Aboul-Enein has published a number of papers and articles on nuclear disarmament, security & WMD free-zone in the Middle East.

Dr. Aboul-Enein holds a Master of Science in Politics and Government of the Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK. He has completed his Ph.D./M.Phil. in International Relations and Foreign Policy Making with a specialization in the Middle East from the American University in London and the University of London. He also holds a certificate in Disarmament and Security Policies from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.