The UAE: a Steadfast Nuclear Security Commitment

  • 3 April 2016

The Fourth Nuclear Security Summit, which wrapped up yesterday in Washington DC with the participation of 52 states and four international organizations, offered a considerable opportunity for the UAE to participate as an active and dynamic party to international initiatives aiming to promote international peace and security through highlighting its commitment as a country that upholds and endorses plans and statements adopted by international and regional organizations. As a country that has actively contributed to all treaties relating to nuclear security, the UAE adheres to the commitment of the Nuclear Security Summit which is in line with its active support for several international initiatives and treaties aiming at ensuring protection against radiation and its potential threats. The UAE, which signed nine bilateral agreements in all fields of nuclear cooperation, has also shown resolute commitment to curbing the dangers of nuclear weapons and fully supports international efforts in this regards.

The UAE also closely cooperates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the field of nuclear security. This is evidenced by several initiatives taken by the UAE including its adherence to the IAEA’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement. In the same vein, the UAE developed a strict system to monitor and regulate the export and import of nuclear material.It has also effectively contributed to sharing information and regional cooperation in terms of nuclear security through hosting events, such as the regional training on nuclear medicine and IAEA workshops.

The UAE’s support to the IAEA is not only limited to symbolic aspects, it also contributes financially. In this respect, the UAE provided $1 million dollar contribution to the enhancement of the IAEA's Safeguards Analytical Laboratory and launched the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII), which offers training in fields pertaining to nuclear safety and security as well as the dangers of proliferation.

The UAE’s tireless endeavor to play a key role in promoting peace and gearing nuclear power to peaceful and development purposes was manifested in the high-level diplomatic delegation that represented the country in the Fourth Nuclear Security Summit. The delegation was led by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and included Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, and the permanent representative to the IAEA, Hamad Ali Alkaabi.

The Fourth Nuclear Security Summit was also an opportunity to discuss a range of issues and challenges at the international level, such as the danger posed by the terrorist organization known as “Daesh”, nuclear provocations by North Korea as well as Iran’s threats to regional security and its non-implementation of all the clauses of the nuclear agreements it signed with international powers last July.

The danger of Daesh and North Korea’s nuclear threat to world security along with Iran’s post-nuclear agreement policies were a source of concern at the international and regional levels. US President Barack Obama made it clear during his address at the Summit by stating that despite signing the nuclear agreement, Iran continues to undertake actions causing instability in the region. He added that his country will continue imposing sanctions on Iran because of its missile tests and human rights violations. This US position converges with the UAE’s which, on multiple times, warned of Iran’s attempts at undermining the security of its regional neighbors. Yet, the UAE continues to effectively contribute to meeting all sorts of security challenges facing the world. It also spares no effort to find adequate solutions to fend off all local and regional dangers as part of a good neighborliness vision of its wise leadership.