Cooperation between Bahrain and IAEA commended

Vienna, The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of the National Committee on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa, delivered the Kingdom of Bahrain’s speech today at the 63rd International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference, held in Vienna during the period from 16 to 20 September 2019.

In her speech, she affirmed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s readiness to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and support it in carrying out its tasks and duties, due to the Kingdom’s belief in the Agency’s high expertise and wisdom in implementing their responsibilities.

She extended her utmost condolences to the IAEA and to the family of the late IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, and commended his tireless efforts to strengthen the IAEA’s status at various levels, and his keenness to achieve its noble objectives.

She also congratulated Cornel Feruta on his nomination as Acting Director General of IAEA, and Alicia Massieu for being elected as the 63rd IAEA General Conference President, wishing them all success.

The Undersecretary and Head of the National Committee for the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction affirmed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s belief in the pivotal strategic role played by IAEA in its relentless efforts to support and assist Member States to make optimal use of advanced science for nuclear energy in peaceful uses, particularly those related to the health, education, environmental and clean energy aspects that form an integral part of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, in addition to providing technical training and capacity building.

In this regard, she also reiterated Bahrain’s keenness to strengthen cooperation frameworks with the IAEA by signing the Country Program Framework (CPF) in 2018, in her belief that this program constitutes the actual platform from which the Kingdom can proceed towards constructing a strategic partnership with the IAEA in all vital areas concerned with the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technical cooperation.

Dr. Shaikha Rana added that the Kingdom of Bahrain has made significant strides in activating the content of CPF by fulfilling its obligations, which has enabled it to strengthen its international standing and presence at various levels related to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

In this context, she also noted the constructive cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the technical cooperation and capacity-building sector of the IAEA, highlighting their efforts and keenness to implement joint programs with high professionalism within the specified time frame.

The Undersecretary expressed the Kingdom’s willingness to support the International Atomic Energy Agency in implementing its central role in the technical cooperation and capacity-building program and maximizing the scope of advanced scientific applications in the field of nuclear energy through the country and regional program.

She announced that in order to boost this cooperation, the Kingdom of Bahrain will host in 2020 a series of workshops in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in addition to the regional meeting of Arab countries on nuclear security.

Based on the Kingdom’s keenness on the necessity of full compliance and full implementation of its international contractual obligations with absolute transparency, especially with regard to aspects related to nuclear security, Dr. Shaikha Rana noted that that the Kingdom of Bahrain has submitted its annual report on the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements and Additional Protocols, as well as the Small Quantities Protocol (SQP) ratified by the IAEA in 2009 for the years 2009 to 2018, adding that the Kingdom has also submitted reports for the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first and second quarter of 2019, relating to the Additional Protocol.

The Undersecretary exemplified that the Kingdom of Bahrain affirmed that the production, development and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is an inalienable right of all States under international law, however, this right must be exercised within the framework of the NPT, which is the legal basis for the IAEA safeguards system.

She also noted that in this regard, the Kingdom of Bahrain shares the concern expressed recently by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran has exceeded the limits of the stockpile of enriched uranium allowed under the nuclear agreement signed with the international powers in 2015, calling on the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in full transparency and to place all its nuclear facilities and activities under the supervision of the IAEA and to fully comply with the application of safeguards of nuclear safety and security.

She added that this would contribute to reassure Member States, especially the Arab countries on the second bank of the Arabian Gulf, as a result of the real concerns that these countries face in regards to the peacefulness of the Iranian nuclear program and the operational conditions associated with the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and the need to ensure that it meets all the requirements of nuclear security in order to avoid any incident that may lead to catastrophic environmental and humanitarian consequences.

The Undersecretary stressed that the Kingdom remains committed to the importance of the implementation of the 1995 UN Security Council resolution on the Middle East free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, particularly in the Gulf region, which is in urgent need more than ever to activate the implementation of the Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone given its strategic importance globally.

Consequently, the Kingdom of Bahrain reiterates its call to the international community to adopt a unified global strategy to curb the proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction through an effective mechanism for the global and regional disarmament of these weapons, in particular the Middle East.

Dr. Shaikha Rana expressed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s strong condemnation of the heinous terrorist act that targeted two Aramco facilities in Buqayq and Hijrat Khurais in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stressing the Kingdom’s unwavering stance with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against all those who undermine its security and stability.

In concluding her speech, Dr. Shaikha Rana commended the constructive cooperation between the IAEA and Member States in order to achieve its noble goals, foremost of which is the promotion of the peaceful use of nuclear energy in all vital areas, expressing her appreciation towards the efforts exerted by the Agency and its various bodies for its continued cooperation with the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Source: Bahrain News Agency