ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s unblemished record of nuclear safety, together with its continuing cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), especially in the ‘Safeguards’ domain, were issues for deliberations at the Foreign Office on Monday.
Pakistan’s cooperation with the IAEA is being appreciated as are Pakistan’s implementation of its safeguard measures.Tero Varjoranta, Deputy Director General (Safeguards)(DDG), called on Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chowdhury where the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) chairman was also present.
The spokesperson at the Foreign Office said in a statement that both sides shared an overview of safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear programme with the visiting dignitary.“The foreign secretary mentioned that Pakistan attached the highest priority to the safety and security of its nuclear programme. The DDG praised Pakistan’s active and positive role at the IAEA,” she added.
Pakistan has been actively contributing to the Agency’s work as member of the IAEA Board of Governors on numerous occasions and is also among the leading recipients of IAEA’s technical assistance.
Earlier, during the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan, the joint statement on the Pak-US Strategic Dialogue had pointed to the fact that “the United States welcomes Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to harmonise its strategic trade controls with those of the multilateral export control regimes. Furthermore, the Unites States has full confidence in nuclear security in Pakistan and appreciates Pakistan’s proactive engagement with the international community including through its hosting of IAEA training activities at its Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence and its active participation in the Nuclear Security Summits”.