ABU DHABI, Oct 30, (Agencies): Kuwait on Monday reaffirmed support to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) role in sustainable development. Mohammad Bu Shehri, Undersecretary of Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW), said Kuwait contributed to the establishment of Kazakhstan-based low-enriched uranium bank, which was recently opened, refl ecting its believe in right of countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful means.
Bu Shehri, addressing IAEA’s ministerial meeting on nuclear energy in the 21st century, said Kuwait’s cooperation with the Vienna-based IAEA aimed at the application and use of nuclear technology to honor the country’s needs.
Kuwait-IAEA cooperation in nuclear safety and security stemmed from its conviction in importance of application of international nuclear criteria, he said. IAEA, he added, was also contributing to sustainable development in many countries to help them address economic, financial and nutritious challenges, as well as climate change. UAE’s Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail Al-Mazroui said the Emirates was exerting efforts to diversify energy resources, citing the national energy strategy 2050.
This strategy, he said in a speech, aimed at eliminating carbon dioxide emissions by 70 percent while increasing clean energy use by 50 percent by the year 2050. He said the UAE was building four nuclear reactors designed to meet 25 percent of the country’s energy needs.