The State of Qatar on Monday deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Nuclear Safety with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The instrument of accession was deposited on behalf of the State of Qatar by HE Qatar’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and international organizations in Vienna, Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri, during his meeting with HE Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi.

During the meeting, HE the IAEA Director-General expressed his gratitude for the State of Qatar’s deposit of the instrument of accession to the convention, which is a fundamental pillar of the Agency’s work, praising the remarkable development in the relations between the State of Qatar and the International Atomic Energy Agency during the past years.

For his part, HE Qatar’s Permanent Representative stressed the importance of states adhering to nuclear safety standards, especially those that establish nuclear facilities on their territories, in accordance with the Agency’s work plan approved in this regard; taking measures to develop contingency plans to confront any potential nuclear accident; ensuring the implementation of preventive measures for workers in the facility and the civilian population and preserving the environment; and ensuring the development of technologies for the safe use of nuclear energy.

HE said that the State of Qatar looks forward for the Agency, in accordance with its responsibilities and powers, to provide the required assurances to it, the countries of the region and the international community regarding the safety and security of the reactors currently existing or under construction.

The Convention on Nuclear Safety, which was ratified in Vienna on June 17, 1994, aims to oblige its contracting parties that operate ground nuclear power stations to maintain a high level of safety, by establishing basic safety principles for states to abide by.

 

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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