KSA elected to pre­side over IAEA com­mit­tee

Arab News - - News Saudi Arabia - Hib­shi Al­sham­mari Riyadh

Saudi Ara­bia has been elected in­stead of Iran to head the main com­mit­tee of the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) Gen­eral Con­fer­ence dur­ing its 64th ses­sion held cur­rently in Vi­enna.

Sev­enty out of 112 coun­tries voted for Saudi Ara­bia, while 37 ab­stained.

The dif­fer­ences with Iran over its con­tro­ver­sial nu­clear pro­gram have de­prived it of head­ing the com­mit­tee, which is re­spon­si­ble for study­ing the de­ci­sions put be­fore the week-long IAEA Gen­eral Con­fer­ence that started on Mon­day.

Iran is also com­pet­ing with the UAE to get a seat on the Coun­cil of IAEA Gov­er­nors, which is in charge of de­sign­ing the IAEA gen­eral pol­icy for South Asia and the Mid­dle East re­gions.

In his video ad­dress to the 75th Ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York King Sal­man said the King­dom’s hands were ex­tended to Iran in peace with a pos­i­tive and open at­ti­tude over the past decades, but to no avail.

Fad­hel Al­buainain, an eco­nomic ex­pert, told Arab News: “It’s im­por­tant to ex­clude Iran from pre­sid­ing over the com­mit­tee or any other com­mit­tee be­cause of its vi­o­la­tions of the atomic en­ergy sec­tor and hos­til­ity to­wards the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in gen­eral. I be­lieve the King­dom has suc­ceeded in snatch­ing this role and ex­clud­ing Iran from it.”

He said that chair­ing the IAEA com­mit­tee is im­por­tant in terms of the projects sub­mit­ted to the IAEA Gen­eral Con­fer­ence. The King­dom can play a piv­otal role in this re­gard, es­pe­cially in terms of co­or­di­na­tion with mem­bers to achieve the best in­ter­ests of the agency. On the other hand, the King­dom is pre­par­ing to use civil­ian nu­clear en­ergy, so that chair­ing the com­mit­tee will en­hance its po­si­tion in the agency. He said the King­dom plays a vi­tal role in the peace­ful use of nu­clear en­ergy and is about to es­tab­lish nu­clear power re­ac­tors which will be used to di­ver­sify en­ergy sources in­stead of re­ly­ing on oil.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­buainain, the King Ab­dul­lah City for Atomic and Re­new­able En­ergy is work­ing on im­ple­ment­ing the na­tion’s plans to pro­duce atomic en­ergy, which will help to meet the re­quire­ments of na­tional devel­op­ment and ce­ment the King­dom’s po­si­tion in the en­ergy sec­tor.

The King­dom, he added, wants to use nu­clear tech­nol­ogy for peace­ful pur­poses and use nu­clear en­ergy to di­ver­sify the coun­try’s en­ergy mix. This is the de­clared goal that the King­dom is work­ing to achieve through part­ner­ships with the Atomic En­ergy Agency.

It’s im­por­tant to ex­clude Iran from pre­sid­ing over the com­mit­tee or any other com­mit­tee be­cause of its vi­o­la­tions of the atomic en­ergy sec­tor and hos­til­ity to­wards the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in gen­eral. I be­lieve the King­dom has suc­ceeded in snatch­ing this role and ex­clud­ing Iran from it. Fad­hel Al­buainain

Eco­nomic ex­pert

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Saudi Arabia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.