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IAEA Director General Pays Official Visit to Pakistan

Yukiya Amano and Nawaz Sharif

During his official visit to Pakistan from 10 to 12 March 2014, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, to discuss matters related to mutual cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. (Photo: PAEC)

During his official visit to Pakistan from 10 to 12 March 2014, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met several high-level Pakistani government officials to discuss strengthened Pakistan-IAEA cooperation in the peaceful applications of nuclear technology.

On Tuesday, 11 March, Director General Amano met Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwan-e-Sadr to discuss matters related to mutual cooperation between Pakistan and the IAEA. The Director General also met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, to reaffirm the importance of on-going cooperation and highlight areas of further cooperation.

During his stay, the IAEA Director General also held a series of high-level meetings with the Minister for Science and Technology, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), and Nuclear Medicine, Oncology and Radiotherapy Institute (NORI). Discussions and visits focused on the role of nuclear energy for providing low-cost energy and low-carbon electricity, as well as nuclear technology applications in areas such as agriculture, health, industry, water resource management, environment protection, and food safety.

Director General Amano also visited several nuclear-related facilities and institutions in Pakistan including the Chasma nuclear power plant complex in Punjab, a hydrology laboratory, the Pakistani Atomic Research Reactor, Pakistan's Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Security, and a molybdenum-99 production plant. The radioisotope molybdenum-99 is produced in research reactors and widely used in nuclear medical imaging.

Pakistan is a founding member of the IAEA since 1957 and currently holds a seat in the IAEA Board of Governors. The country has had a long history of cooperation with the IAEA in areas such as nuclear applications, as well as nuclear safety and security.

- By Rodolfo Quevenco, IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication

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