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Egypt’s President Sisi confers with IAEA’s chief

PARIS, France – The President of Egypt General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Monday received Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort city.

Egyptian Presidency Spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement that President Sisi avowed Egypt’s support to Grossi in his tasks, adding that Egypt looks forward to strengthening cooperation with the IAEA.

Sisi and Grossi met on the sidelines during Egypt’s ongoing third edition of the four-day World Youth Forum (WYF), which kicked off on Friday.

The Egyptian leader also said that the true nuclear ability of any country is stability, security, and development. Adding that Egypt is focused on cooperating with the agency for beneficial purposes, counting on the agency’s expertise in the field of developing nuclear infrastructure.

In December 2017, Egypt and Russia signed an agreement to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in the city of Dabaa, in Egypt’s coastal Matrouh province.

During their side meeting, President Sisi also stressed that Egypt will adhere to its commitments in implementing the highest standards in the field of nuclear security and safety.

Director-General Grossi praised Egypt’s regional and international roles in the field of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the peaceful use of atomic energy, the spokesman said.

The IAEA chief also hailed the recent achievements in the energy sector in Egypt, which would raise Egypt in its development process.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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