Mohammed bin Zayed arrives in Kuwait for Syria's donor conference

Mohammed bin Zayed arrives in Kuwait for Syria's donor conference

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived here yesterday leading the UAE's delegation to the international humanitarian donor conference for Syria, which starts tomorrow. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abdullah bin Zayed supports restructuring GCC Secretariat General

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister hailed the efforts to restructure the Secretariat-General of the Cooperation Council of the Gulf Arab States (GCC).

He also expressed support to the efforts by the Secretariat-General to realise its vision and goals in service of the interests and peoples of all member states.

Sheikh Abdullah made his remarks as he received the Secretary General of GCC Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

GCC Assistant Secretary General for Military Affairs, Major General Khalifa bin Humaid Al Kaabi, was present at the meeting.  - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abdullah bin Zayed hails IAEA's support to UAE's nuclear peaceful program

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, hailed the support extended by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the efforts by the UAE to develop its peaceful nuclear energy program.

He emphasised that cooperation with the international body is a pillar of the development of the UAE's peaceful program.

Sheikh Abdullah also appealed to Iran to join the Convention on Nuclear Safety.

Sheikh Abdullah made his remarks as he received the Director General of IAEA, Yukiya Amano, and his delegation on a current the UAE.

For his part, the IAEA chief, who earlier toured Barakah, the selected site of the UAE's first nuclear reactor, expressed appreciation of the UAE's successful and transparent efforts to develop its own program. He also expressed high admiration at progress made by the UAE.

He stressed that "the UAE plays a leading role among the nations which are developing nascent programs", and expressed belief that these efforts would set a model for other nations willing to develop peaceful nuclear energy programs.

The meeting discussed the latest developments in the UAE's peaceful nuclear program, measures taken by the UAE in this regard, the efforts by the international agency to advance nuclear safety and the lessons taken from Fukushima nuclear disaster. The meeting emphasised importance of IAEA's efforts to ensure nuclear safety in member states and the preparedness of the UAE to support developing nations in peaceful nuclear energy applications such as healthcare, industry and humanitarian work. The two sides addressed ways to jointly support these programs in order to achieve these noble goals.

Matters of common interest, IAEA's role in promoting nuclear safety and non-proliferation as well as the importance of diplomatic efforts to resolve pending issues were discussed at the meeting. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


IAEA's chief Amano highlights adherence to transparency and int'l collaboration of UAE peaceful nuclear energy program

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation hosted yesterday an official delegation composed of officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headed by Director General Yukiya Amano and UAE government officials at Barakah, the selected site of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) peaceful nuclear energy program.

The IAEA delegation was received by Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, the UAE's Permanent Representative to the IAEA, Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC CEO and senior officials from ENEC and KEPCO.

The delegation toured the Barakah site and was provided with a comprehensive update on the safe development of the construction and the achievement of key milestones by ENEC and KEPCO. Director General Amano and IAEA officials had the opportunity to witness the developments of Unit 1 and 2, under construction following the Construction License received by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation in July 2012.

"The UAE is making safe and consistent progress in the development of the peaceful nuclear energy program," said Yukiya Amano. "The IAEA delegation would like to thank the UAE government, FANR and ENEC for providing us with the opportunity to visit Barakah and assess the development of the project. We are very satisfied with the quality of the information we have received." "The visit of the IAEA delegation headed by Director General Yukiya Amano is an important milestone to the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program," said Hamad Al Kaabi the UAE's Permanent Representative to the IAEA. "The UAE has been working in close cooperation with the IAEA and has followed IAEA's guidance, policies and procedures to develop the national nuclear program/ Our policy continue to guide our work in a transparent and committed manner where the IAEA is a close partner in the program." The visit also saw Mr. Amano meet with Emirati engineers and students who are enrolled in the Energy Pioneers program, ENEC's academic scholarship program that supports the next generation of Emirati nuclear specialists.

ENEC has achieved a 65 per cent Emiratisation index and the IAEA was able to learn more about the experiences of Emiratis who will be at the forefront of the UAE's nuclear energy program.

"We are glad to welcome Amano and the delegation of IAEA officials at Barakah," said HE Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC CEO. "ENEC and KEPCO are progressing steadily in the safe development of the milestones of the program and we were privileged to share our accomplishments and our commitments for the future with the IAEA officials. Our Emirati engineers were also inspired to meet with the delegation." The visit from the IAEA follows a recent tour of the Barakah site from Korean President HE Lee Myung-Bak, who was commended by the UAE on the role played by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), the company who is designing, building and will help operate the UAE's civil nuclear power plants. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


UAE seeks broader cooperation with UNICEF

Dr. Saeed Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organisations, discussed yesterday with Dr Ibrahim El Ziq, UNICEF Representative to the Gulf Region, adequate ways of boosting joint cooperation and sharing of expertise in programmes targeting children's care.

Al Shamsi reviewed during the meeting programmes the UAE government is funding and implementing for providing healthcare and educational services to children. He stressed the need for strengthening international cooperation, exchanging of expertise and launching joint projects to deliver sustainable human development goals.

For his part, Dr. El Ziq commended the UAE's tremendous contributions to the UNICEF's programmes in the region. He also lauded remarkable progress the UAE has made in human development report and its qualitative initiatives to alleviate human suffering regionally and internationally. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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