UAE, South Korea discuss future projects at nuclear cooperation meeting

The Korea-UAE High Level Joint Committee on Nuclear Cooperation held its fifth meeting in Seoul.

The meeting was chaired by Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, and Oh Young-joo, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, and was attended by several officials representing the heads of the two countries’ nuclear organizations.

In his opening remarks, Al Mazrouei highlighted the importance of the June 2023 meeting between His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Park Jin, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, which resulted in significant achievements, such as the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program, based on the deep ties between the two countries.

The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen and expand these partnerships, with a particular focus on strategic cooperation in a range of clean energy areas to support peaceful nuclear energy programs.

Recognizing the potential of advanced nuclear technologies such as small modular reactors (SMRs), the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation and explore investment opportunities in this area, building on the successful and outstanding experience of the UAE’s Barakah Nuclear Power Plant and the development of new nuclear power projects outside the UAE.

The leaders also discussed the importance of cooperation in achieving nuclear safety and security and agreed to hold a joint event at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in September 2023 to highlight successful models of cooperation in nuclear regulation and present best practices that can be shared internationally.

Within the framework of their strategic partnership, the two countries established the Korea-UAE High Level Consultative Committee on Nuclear Cooperation in 2018 to strengthen and expand nuclear cooperation in accordance with the Agreement on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy signed in 2018.

The meetings of this committee aim to review the achievements of the cooperation between the two countries and discuss opportunities for future joint projects.

Minister Al-Mazrouei affirmed the Commission’s key role in contributing to achievements in the peaceful nuclear field and building a solid infrastructure for future strategic cooperation.

“I am confident that we will work together to achieve the directives of the leadership of both countries and support our shared vision,” he said.

At the end of the meeting, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to advance the partnership and pledged to continue exploring new opportunities for cooperation in various fields, and to work together to achieve our shared vision of sustainable development and addressing global energy challenges, especially as the United Arab Emirates hosts COP28 later this year.

This post is republished from를.

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