International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said that Pakistan’s nuclear safety is “world-class”.
According to the details, he appreciated the technical and engineering capacity of Pakistan.
The IAEA chief is in Pakistan for a two-day visit to discuss matters related to the Pakistan-IAEA collaboration. This is Grossi’s maiden visit to Pakistan after taking office in 2019.
Addressing a seminar in Islamabad on Thursday, the IAEA DG said Pakistan’s capacity to establish “new nuclear power plants indicates a promising future” for nuclear energy and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the director-general, there is strong political support for new nuclear power plants in Pakistan. While lauding Pakistan’s nuclear safety, Grossi termed safety measures at nuclear plants as “world-class”.
During his stay, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Grossi called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, wherein cooperation between the agency and Pakistan in several areas of health, agriculture, industry, nuclear medicine, and power generation was discussed.
During the huddles, the top officials expressed full support for various projects and programs of the agency and “conveyed our desire to expand cooperation and support for the IAEA’s work”.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal while speaking at the seminar said Pakistan had a mutually beneficial relationship with the IAEA that includes all areas of nuclear technology.
“Nuclear power provides clean and cheap energy and currently contributes to 8% of Pakistan’s energy mix with six operational nuclear power plants,” he also said.
Pakistan, he also said, has an impeccable nuclear safety and security record and plans to develop more power plants.