World's top dignitaries to attend Nuclear Security Summit

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With four days remaining before the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague, a list of world leaders attending the event was announced Thursday.

A total of 58 world leaders will be present at the summit, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be representing the hosts Netherlands. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British Prime Minister David Cameron will also be present.

Meanwhile, 17 vice presidents and 13 ministers and other representatives are attending the summit on behalf of their country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov will represent Russia instead of President Vladimir Putin, while Israel will be represented by Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Intelligence/Strategic Affairs.

Other dignitaries include the president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan also joined the list of attendees, together with United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

Chinese President Xi will first pay a visit to the Netherlands on Saturday and Sunday, while U.S. President Barack Obama will arrive on Sunday.

A total of 13,000 police officers, 3,000 soldiers and 4,000 military police will take care of security of the leaders. 

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