Fri, 10 Jul 2020 - 09:54 GMT
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CAIRO - 10 July 2020: Egypt has obtained the membership of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors for additional two years (2020-2022), said Omar Amer Youssef, the ambassador and permanent representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt at the international organization in Vienna.
“The African Group in Vienna approved, by consensus, Egypt's candidacy again for the membership,” he said in a statement on Thursday, noting that seven other African countries have ceded their candidacy in favor of Egypt.
“The renewal of Egypt's membership in the Board of Governors reflects an appreciation of the pivotal role that Egypt plays in the International Atomic Energy Agency to support and promote peaceful uses of atomic energy, and of the nuclear non-proliferation field,” he continued.
The membership decision, which was seconded by the African group, is set to be approved by the General Conference of the IAEA Member States on September 21-25, 2020.
Egypt joined the IAEA in 1957; since then, Egypt has been keen on getting the membership of the IAEA Board of Governors, which consists of 35 members.