IAEA pledges to further cooperation with Vietnam: Deputy PM

WVR/VNA - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will continue its cooperation with Vietnam, especially in technical assistance, personnel training, infrastructure development, and the perfection of regulations and standards to ensure nuclear safety and security, said its Deputy Director General Hua Liu on March 21, 2024.
IAEA pledges to further cooperation with Vietnam: Deputy PM
IAEA pledges to further cooperation with Vietnam: IAEA Deputy Director General Hua Liu (L) and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang. (Photo: VNA)

Hua, who is on a visit to Vietnam, told Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang that during the visit, he held fruitful meetings with representatives from the Ministries of Science and Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Health.

The IAEA has repeatedly hailed Vietnam's pioneering role in sub-regional cooperation, particularly in the trilateral cooperation model between Vietnam and neighbouring Laos and Cambodia in the application of nuclear science and technology in economic-technological sectors, he stressed.

The IAEA Deputy Director General also pledged to help Vietnam optimise nuclear technology in smart agriculture.

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister Quang thanked the IAEA for its support to Vietnam over the past years through both bilateral and multilateral cooperation mechanisms, elaborating that in the 2018-2023 period alone, the agency directly assisted the country in 17 national projects with total funding of nearly 3 million EUR (3.26 million USD).

The Deputy Prime Minister lauded Hua’s efforts in accelerating the signing of the cooperation framework programme between Vietnam and the IAEA for 2022-2027, and his support to Vietnam in amending the Law on Atomic Energy.

Deputy Prime Minister Quang called on the IAEA to further its cooperation with Vietnam, especially in policy making and personnel training in atomic energy.

Vietnam commits to fulfilling its obligations and contributing responsibly to international treaties to which it is a signatory, especially those related to safety and security control, the fight against illegal trafficking and transportation of radioactive substances and nuclear materials, and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, he affirmed.

The Deputy Prime Minister noted that Vietnam always backs the IAEA's central and leading role in shaping standards and frameworks for nuclear safety and security, especially emerging nuclear technologies.

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(Source: VNA)