ISLAMABAD Pakistan, once again, made it clear to the world on Saturday that its nuclear assets are absolutely safe and second to none in term of their effectiveness. At a weekly briefing to media, the Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has left for US along with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday morning to participate in Nuclear Security Summit being held in Washington on 12 to 13 April 2010 and it would be attended by representations of 47 countries. The Prime Ministers participation in the Nuclear Security Summit would be his first engagement in an international forum dealing with nuclear issues after assuming the Chairmanship of the National Command Authority (NCA). Answering a query, the Spokesperson said a meeting between Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India was not pre-planned, however, he did not rule out the possibility of such a meeting. The Spokesperson said that Prime Minister would inform the summit about the actions, which Pakistan had taken during the past several years regarding command and control system that was second to none in term of its effectiveness. We also have a long experience in handling nuclear energy. Our credentials in this regard are impeccable. We look forward for active participation in the summit deliberations, he said. When asked what will be the Pakistans position if Iran is criticised at the Summit for its alleged nuclear weapons programme, the Spokesperson said Pakistan had been actively involved in the preparatory process of the Nuclear Security Summit. We believe all countries should have right to obtain the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Secondly, we also strongly believe that states should adhere to the international obligations. Thirdly, if there are differences and disputes, these should be resolved through peaceful means and negotiations, he added. On Pakistan-Iran energy cooperation, Abdul Basit told reporters that Pakistan had very strong brotherly relations with Iran. We would like to have cooperation with Iran in all areas. If there are opportunities, Pakistan will pursue them. We have concluded the gas pipeline project with Iran. Our country is facing energy deficit, we are exploring all possible avenues to overcome our energy problem, he added. Strongly rejecting the impression that there was pressure on Pakistan, he said this is our own decision and the Government of Pakistan will take decisions only in accordance with its own national interests. Answering a query, the Spokesperson made it very clear that Pakistan was exploring all possible avenues to overcome the energy problem. However, it may not be appropriate to discuss specifics at this stage, he added. Briefing the reporters about agenda of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Spokesperson said this would be the Prime Ministers first visit to the US after taking charge as Chairman of the National Command Authority. The fourth round of the Strategic Dialogue between the two countries held last month, which has helped in identifying new areas for bilateral cooperation. Tomorrows meeting between the Prime Minister and President of the US will help sustain the momentum generated by the Strategic Dialogue, he said. It may be recalled here that President Obama announced to host the Summit on Nuclear Security in his speech in April 2009. He termed nuclear terrorism as the most immediate and extreme threat to the global security. He announced to launch a new international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world within four years to prevent it from falling into the hands of terrorists. Leaders from more than forty countries along with the UN Secretary General and Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been invited to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit. Pakistans Ambassador to China, Masood Khan was designated as Sherpa (focal person) for the Summit. He along with his team of experts actively participated in the preparatory meetings held in Vienna, Washington D.C, Tokyo and The Hague. The preparatory meetings finalised the draft communiquT and the work plan for the Summit. The programme of the Summit includes an exclusive kick-off dinner, two formal sessions and a working lunch for the heads of delegation. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will be one of the leading speakers at the inaugural dinner being hosted by President Barak Obama on April 12 for the heads of state. The Nuclear Security Summit is aimed at evolving consensus on securing nuclear facilities and materials around the globe. Pakistan has developed and put in place multi-layered mechanisms for the safety and security of its nuclear assets. The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with President Barack Obama and other world leaders on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.