UAE reaffirms commitment to highest safety standards of its nuclear program

The United Arab Emirates reaffirmed its commitment to developing its national nuclear program to the highest standards of safety, security, non-proliferation and transparency.

Addressing the 62nd session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference, currently being held in Vienna, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi noted that his country is now in the commissioning phase of its nuclear power program, with construction of the first Unit at Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) now completed.

"In line with the UAE policy and commitments to develop the national nuclear program to the highest standards of safety, security, non-proliferation and transparency, my country hosted 10 major IAEA peer review missions to date," he said, pointing out that the ones hosted most recently were IAEA's Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) and the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR).

Alkaabi commended IAEA's central role in supporting its member states in their pursuit, development and sustainment of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and applications. He also praised the Agency's strong direction in providing technical support and providing a platform for international cooperation, as well as its relentless efforts in ensuring non-proliferation, adding that the IAEA Technical Cooperation Program is an important channel for delivering services to member states.

Source: International Islamic News Agency