10, 2022

President Vahagn Khachaturyan received Rafael­ Mariano Grossi, the General Director of the IAEA

President Vahagn Khachaturyan received the General Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi.

Welcoming the guest, President Khachaturyan particularly highlighted the importance of the cooperation between the RA government and the IAEA, which has a significant role in ensuring Armenia's energy and nuclear security. “Your visit is momentous for us. Since 1976, a nuclear power plant has been operating in Armenia. From that time till today, we passed through different challenges. I mean the earthquake in Spitak, which was followed by the shutdown of the nuclear power plant. Later, it reopened in 1995. I participated in that process as a member of the governmental commission and can assure you that the nuclear power plant wouldn’t be reopened without the close cooperation with IAEA, and the massive advisory and technical support the agency provided. I am full of hope that our cooperation will be continuous”, said President Khachaturyan.

Rafael Mariano Grossi expressed his gratitude for the reception and noted that the institution he’s leading is eager to support Armenia in developing security and digital systems and in matters of strategy development.

During the meeting, the sides touched upon the design work of building a new nuclear power unit in Armenia and the necessity to train young and professional specialists. The General Director of the IAEA highlighted the fact that Armenia can always rely on the IAEA’s support.

During the meeting, the sides reached an agreement to continue close cooperation, specifically in the framework of expert advice and comprehensive support. 

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