Support for peaceful use of nuclear energy expressed by UAE

To meet the demands of energy, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Foreign Minister of United Arab Emirates, has expressed keenness in developing a nuclear energy program.

While speaking at the 64thUN General Assembly, he said: "We are confident that this peaceful nuclear program will provide an opportunity for making a positive change in the international arena."

According to him, the nuclear energy model shall maintain the transparency in the operation of the nuclear facilities, ensure the safety standards, and there would be full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and other experienced nations.

He said: "The UAE's commitment not to enrich uranium and reprocess fuels locally is among the most salient features of this model. This is a model supported by enhanced international transparency and cooperation mechanisms."

He further added, "The UAE felt proud of becoming the first developing country to host the office of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a major international organization established earlier this year."

Masdar City was chosen as the headquarters of IRENA in June and is located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.

About the Masdar City, Sheikh Abdullah said: "This city shall become the world's first city to become carbon neutral and zero waste city. UAE shall shoulder the international responsibilities and offer assistance in the diversification of the energy sources. This choice marks a new phase of cooperation and balanced partnership between the north and the south, the developing and developed countries, under the umbrella of this agency."