Nuclear arms prohibition treaty ratified by Malta

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Malta has ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the government announced on Monday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo signed the Instrument of Ratification which was deposited at the United Nations in New York by Ambassador Vanessa Frazier in a commemorative occasion during which the United Nations celebrated its 75th Anniversary and the International Day of Peace.

Malta became one of the first 50 states to ratify the treaty which has reached the minimum number of signatures and ratifications required for it to enter into force.

Malta was the 84th United Nations member state to sign the treaty on 24 August.

The treaty aims to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons which is also a guiding principle of Malta’s foreign policy, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

“The ratification of this treaty stands in testimony to Malta’s unwavering commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and global disarmament that remain crucial to securing a safer future for all and for future generations.”