Pakistan

DG IAEA hails Pakistan for impressive nuclear security record

NEW YORK: Mr Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), called on Foreign Secretary Mr Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry today in New York alongside the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Matters related to mutual cooperation between Pakistan and the IAEA in the peaceful application of nuclear technologies were discussed at the meeting.

Recalling his visit to Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Security last year, the DG IAEA praised Pakistan’s impressive nuclear security record over more than four decades of operating nuclear power plants.

Appreciating the excellent cooperation between Pakistan and the IAEA, he said that IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Programme with Pakistan was one of its largest in the world.

He expressed satisfaction at the implementation of IAEA safeguards measures by Pakistan, adding that IAEA had an important role to play in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and that it stood ready to assist Pakistan and other countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

While thanking Mr Amano for the mutually beneficial cooperation that Pakistan has enjoyed with IAEA as one its founding members since 1957, the Foreign Secretary said that Pakistan deeply valued the role played by IAEA in the development of peaceful use of nuclear technology.

He added that Pakistan attached the highest priority to nuclear safety and security as a national responsibility.

The foreign secretary said that all of Pakistan’s nuclear power plants and research reactors were under IAEA safeguards and Pakistan was fully meeting its obligations in this regard.

Established in 1957, the IAEA works to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies. Pakistan actively participates in the policy discussions and activities of the IAEA and has maintained a regular presence on its Board of Governors.

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