Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed leads UAE delegation at Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC
ABU DHABI// Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with US President Barack Obama at the White House as part of the UAE delegation at the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC.
Sheikh Abdullah led the delegation that included Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador to the United States of America and Hamad Ali Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reported Wam, the state news agency.
The Nuclear Security Summit 2016 will provide a forum for leaders of 52 countries to engage with each other and reinforce their commitment at the highest levels to securing nuclear materials.
The first Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington, DC in 2010, and was followed by additional Summits in Seoul in 2012 and The Hague in 2014. These Summits have achieved tangible improvements in the security of nuclear materials and stronger international institutions that support nuclear security.
The UAE government is a party to all relevant international nuclear security conventions and is keen to fulfil all its commitments in the framework of its membership in these conventions.
The UAE co-operates closely with the IAEA in the nuclear security field through a variety of activities and signed Integrated Support Plan the agency in the field of nuclear security.
Since the previous summit, in 2014 in The Hague, the UAE has developed two new regulatory guides for the secure transport of nuclear material. It will also host an IAEA team this year to review the physical protection system of the country’s nuclear power plant.
Although the summit is the last of its kind, ministerial meetings at the IAEA will continue to be held every few years.
Updated: April 1, 2016 04:00 AM