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IAEA to help Iraq develop peaceful nuclear programme

Grossi said that a team of Iraqi experts would visit the agency’s headquarters in Vienna in a few days

By Reuters
March 19, 2024
Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) speaks during the IAEAs Board of Governors meeting at the agencys headquarters in Vienna, Austria on September 11, 2023. — AFP
Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) speaks during the IAEA's Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on September 11, 2023. — AFP

BAGHDAD: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad on Monday as part of a visit to help the country develop a peaceful nuclear programme.

“We have discussed several projects in Iraq, including building a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes,” Iraqi Education Minister Naim al-Aboudi told reporters following a meeting between Grossi and Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani.

Grossi said that a team of Iraqi experts would visit the agency’s headquarters in Vienna in a few days to hold meetings to “set out a road map for the Iraqi peaceful nuclear programme” amid growing interest in nuclear energy in the region, including among Arab Gulf countries.