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Saudi Arabia elected to preside over IAEA committee

Saudi Arabia Elected to Preside Over IAEA Committee

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia was elected in place of Iran to lead the central committee of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during its 64th session which is currently being held in Vienna.
Seventy out of 112 countries voted for Saudi Arabia, while 37 abstained. Differences with Iran over its controversial nuclear program have deprived it of the head of the committee, which is responsible for studying decisions submitted to the week-long IAEA general conference which began on Monday.
Iran is also competing with the United Arab Emirates for a seat on the IAEA Board of Governors, which is responsible for shaping the IAEA’s general policy for the South and Middle East Asian region.
In his video address to the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, King Salman said the Kingdom’s hands had been extended to Iran at peace with a positive and open attitude over the past decades, but in vain.
Fadhel Albuainain, an economic expert, told Arab News: “The chair of the IAEA committee was important for projects submitted to the IAEA General Conference. The Kingdom can play a central role in this regard, especially in terms of coordinating with members to achieve the best interests of the agency. In contrast, the Kingdom is preparing to use civilian nuclear power, so the chairmanship of the committee will strengthen its position within the agency.”
He said the Kingdom plays a vital role in the peaceful use of nuclear energy and is on the verge of establishing atomic reactors that will be used to diversify energy sources instead of depending on oil.
According to Albuainain, King Abdullah’s City for Atomic and Renewable Energy is working on the implementation of national plans for the production of atomic energy, which will help meet the demands of national development and consolidate the Kingdom’s position in the energy sector.
The Kingdom, he added, wishes to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and to use atomic energy to diversify the country’s energy mix. This is the stated goal that the Kingdom is striving to achieve through partnerships with the Atomic Energy Agency.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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