YEREVAN. – Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan on Tuesday met with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, who is in Armenia on a working visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs Armenian News-NEWS.am.
Minister Mirzoyan emphasized that Armenia, as a country operating a nuclear power plant, values the development of effective cooperation established with the IAEA—and aimed at the peaceful, safe, and secure use of nuclear energy. Also, the Armenian side highly appreciated the role of the Agency's technical cooperation program and the IAEA missions, which are of core importance for the safe and long-term operation of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant. In this context, FM Mirzoyan underlined the inadmissibility of threats against the Armenian nuclear plant, as well as unbidden speculations on the operation of the power plant.
Grossi, for his part, underscored that Armenia is a reliable partner of the IAEA, and emphasized the country's transparent working approach and consistent addressing of the recommendations of the IAEA missions.
The interlocutors commended the extensive agenda of Armenia-IAEA, which includes nuclear safety and energy as well as environment, health care, emergencies, and some other domains. In this context, the Armenian FM stressed the importance of the programs being implemented with the financial and professional support of the IAEA in the above-mentioned domains.
During the meeting, a number of matters on regional security were also touched upon.