(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano reviewed the UAE's nucear power programme during a visit to the country recently.
The visit served as an important opportunity for the IAEA chief to see first-hand the progress made in the construction of the UAE's first nuclear power plant at Barakah.
Amano met with Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed and discussed the ongoing cooperation between the agency and the UAE on its nuclear power programme and other areas. He provided an overview of the IAEA's activities in supporting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, as well as nuclear non-proliferation and the situation in Iran.
During his visit to the construction site of the Barakah nuclear facility, he discussed the development of the project with Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, the UAE's Permanent Representative to the IAEA, and Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), as well as senior officials from ENEC and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
Noting the progress achieved in the construction of the Barakah nuclear facility, Amano stressed the importance of the UAE project, as the first country in 27 years to start construction of its first nuclear power plant.
He stated that the IAEA has supported the UAE programme since it was launched in 2008, and that the agency would continue to work closely in cooperation with the UAE.
He said the UAE's safe and consistent progress in the introduction of nuclear power can serve as a model for other countries considering a nuclear power programme.
Amano also emphasised that the Barakah facility's construction is only the beginning of an