Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna. (SPA)
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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna. (SPA)
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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s atomic energy program is fundamental for developing a sustainable energy sector, a senior minister told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
The Kingdom plans to start building its first two nuclear power reactors this year and as many as 16 over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The plan is to provide 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s power from nuclear by 2032.
Speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said the atomic reactor projects were were part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its energy sources to nuclear and renewables.
The program “abides by all international treaties and conventions and best practices, adhering to the highest standards of safety, security and transparency,” Al Falih said.
The minister said Saudi Arabia was committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for nuclear disarmament and stresses the commitment of nuclear power states to share their peaceful technologies with abiding member states.
He also said the Kingdom had called for cooperation with the international community to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area.
The US has started to reintroduce heavy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal with the country earlier this year to curb its atomic ambitions.
Al-Falih called on the international community to take a more stringent stance against all threats to regional and international security, particularly Iran, given its “alarming efforts to build its nuclear capabilities, in tandem with its increasing acts of sabotage and aggression against other states in the region.”


King Salman welcomes Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Updated 17 October 2018
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King Salman welcomes Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

  • Sheikh Hasina shook hands with Saudi royals, top officials and military leaders during the reception ceremony

JEDDAH: Saudi King Salman has welcomed at his palace in Riyadh Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Her highness, also Bangladesh’s defense minister, shook hands with Saudi royals, top officials and military leaders during the reception ceremony.

King Salman also shook hands with Hasina’s accompanying delegation.

The king then hosted a luncheon in honor of the Bangladesh PM and her delegation.