IAEA praises Pakistan's nuclear security record

Published September 27, 2015
The DG IAEA said the organisation had an important role to play in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. ─ AP/File
The DG IAEA said the organisation had an important role to play in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. ─ AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Director General (DG) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano praised Pakistan’s impressive nuclear security record spanning over four decades of nuclear power plant operation.

In a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in New York on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Amano said the IAEA stood ready to help Pakistan and other countries achieve Sustainable Development GoalsSustainable Development Goals.

The DG IAEA said the organisation had an important role to play in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

He appreciated the excellent cooperation between Pakistan and the IAEA, adding that IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Programme with Pakistan was one of its largest in the world.

The DG IAEA praised Pakistan’s impressive nuclear security record over more than four decades of operating nuclear power plants and expressed satisfaction at the implementation of IAEA safeguards measures by Pakistan

Thanking Amano for the mutually beneficial cooperation Pakistan enjoyed with IAEA as one its founding members since 1957, the Aizaz said that Pakistan deeply valued the role played by IAEA in the development of peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

He added that Pakistan attached the highest priority to nuclear safety and security as a national responsibility and that all of Pakistan’s nuclear power plants and research reactors were under IAEA safeguards, adding that 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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