KACARE President addresses 3rd International Nuclear Security Summit

March 25, 2014

President of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) Dr. Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani led the Saudi delegation to the 3rd International Nuclear Security Summit, which concluded in The Hague today. Officials from fifty-three countries, as well as several international organizations, participated in the three-day meeting. The main topic of the summit was preventing nuclear terrorism.

In his address, Dr. Yamani pointed out that the Kingdom was among the pioneering countries to adopt international standards to secure material that could be used for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). He detailed Saudi efforts to develop the infrastructure for nuclear security, including the establishment of a specialized academic program on nuclear security at the Prince Nayef Arab University for Security Science. The Kingdom, he said, is committed to meeting the highest standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) when it comes to its peaceful nuclear program and plans to establish a national accountancy system for control of nuclear materials.

Dr. Yamani noted that Saudi Arabia donated $500,000 at the 2nd Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul in 2012 to support the summit’s program aimed at combating terrorism and supporting peaceful nuclear programs. Furthermore, it provided $100 million for the establishment of the U.N. Center for Combating Terrorism.