WASHINGTON, Sept 4, (KUNA): Kuwait’s General Administration of Customs and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the US Department of Energy signed a cooperation agreement Tuesday here, setting up efforts to ban trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.
The signing came on the sidelines of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s visit to Washington. In a statement to KUNA and KTV, Director General of the Administration of Customs, Counselor Jamal Al-Jalawi said, “The cooperation agreement signing came as a result of long discussions with the American side with a vital output in the fight against illicit trafficking in radioactive materials.” Al-Jalawi added that the agreement requires the American side to present assistance in this field to help support the Kuwaiti Administration of Customs in the fight against radioactive material across borders, due to NNSA’s exceptional experiences.
He pointed out that this part of the agreement benefits Kuwait in increasing its supplies of equipment that detect radioactive materials, qualifying Kuwait as one of the developed countries in the forefront of the fight against these dangerous substances. The cooperation agreement will present US contributions on combating radioactive materials, not only in Kuwait International Airport, but also in seaports and land borders.