Turkmenistan, IAEA pull together cooperation

By Vusala Abbasova

Ashgabat has got a recommendation from the IAEA, which will discuss the approval of its candidacy as a member of the organization in the General Conference to be held in Vienna in September, 2015.

In a meeting with the General Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, in the Austrian capital on May 12, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked the IAEA Board of Governors for the adoption of the Turkmen government's application for membership in the international organization.

The sides expressed satisfaction in the joint work efforts which they exerted toward ensuring peace and security on a regional and global scale in recent years. The head of the IAEA highly praised Turkmenistan's neutrality in its foreign policy, noting its importance in further strengthening steady cooperation with Turkmenistan.

"Turkmenistan has enormous hydrocarbon resources which favorably affects on the diversification of energy supply routes to the world markets and the equal and mutually beneficial cooperation," said Berdimuhamedov.

Turkmenistan ranks fourth for its volume of natural gas reserve in the world after Russia, Iran and Qatar, according to the report of British Petroleum (BP) Company.

Therefore, the president noted the importance of natural gas as one of the most eco-convenient raw materials as an energy source noting as well that electrification issues are virtually solved in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan has worked with the IAEA since 2005, when the agreements on the application of guarantees in relation with the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the Additional protocol to this agreement were signed in Vienna.

Turkmenistan committed itself to provide international experts with the accounting of nuclear and ionizing materials as well as precision equipment, which uses nuclear and ionizing on an annual basis.

Such long-term cooperation has positively affected mutual cooperation in between Turkmenistan and the IAEA.

The IAEA is the world's leading forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology created within the United Nations in 1957. The purpose of IAEA is to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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