Saudi representative addresses Nuclear Security Summit

March 27, 2012

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has confirmed its commitment to exerting all possible efforts to avoid nuclear risks and accidents, as reflected by its signing of key international conventions and treaties on the peaceful and safe uses of nuclear energy. Addressing the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul today, President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) Dr. Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani said that Saudi Arabia has announced its desire to adopt an ambitious, peaceful nuclear energy program, in line with its strategic goals of diversifying its energy sources and achieving sustainable development. He added that the Kingdom recognizes the importance of designing and establishing safety systems at nuclear facilities that meet the standards recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Dr. Yamani noted that the Saudi government supports United Nations Security Council Resolution No. (1540), expressing hope that its passage will enhance international cooperation to further world peace and security. Furthermore, he announced, the Kingdom will donate $500,000 to implement Paragraph 7 of U.N. Resolution No. 1977, which will be extended by Resolution No. 1540 by ten years.

Dr. Yamani led the Saudi delegation to the summit, which includes the participation of fifty-three world leaders and heads of delegations, in addition to five international organizations, including the U.N. The events were opened yesterday by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.