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IAEA Director General Visits Jordan

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano congratulated the governments involved in the creation of the SESAME multinational scientific research centre at the opening ceremony on 16 May in Allan, Jordan. The centre was officially inaugurated by King Abdullah II of Jordan.

“SESAME is an excellent example of multinational high-tech collaboration, and the IAEA is proud to be your partner,” Mr Amano said. “I have no doubt that the people of this region will derive great benefits from the advanced research in the various scientific areas that will be carried out here in the coming decades.”

SESAME, the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East, is a major international centre for scientific research in the Middle East and a joint venture that will foster scientific and technological research in areas including biology, archaeology, medical and material sciences. The IAEA has provided extensive support to train the SESAME staff, enabling them to safely commission and run the facility, as well as facilitating the networking with experts from other synchrotron facilities in the world.

Mr Amano also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ghida al-Talal of Jordan, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, kindly guided Director General Amano in his visit to the King Hussein Cancer Center, a leading cancer hospital in the Middle East. The IAEA has provided assistance and training to support the work of the Center.

Read more about the SESAME Centre in this press release.

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