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Peru participates in 64th IAEA General Conference

Foreign Affairs Minister Mario Lopez virtually attended the 64th IAEA General Conference. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru

Foreign Affairs Minister Mario Lopez virtually attended the 64th IAEA General Conference. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru

16:38 | Lima, Sep. 23.

Peruvian Foreign Affairs Minister Mario Lopez participated in the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), hosted at the organization's headquarters in Vienna on September 21-25, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has reported.

During his virtual speech from Lima on the opening day, the diplomat highlighted the 
importance of multilateralism to face the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this regard, he thanked the IAEA for having sent new coronavirus detection and diagnosis equipment, as well as special protective equipment and biosafety items, for a total value of €675,000 (about US$787,218).

Likewise, the excellent cooperative relationship between Peru and the organization was highlighted, which has allowed progress in the consolidation of nuclear medicine and the application of nuclear technology in other areas such as human health, industry, and agriculture.

Within this framework, the close collaboration for the establishment and operation of the first Tissue Bank in Peru —in charge of the National Institute of Child Health— was recalled.

Regarding international security, the Cabinet member reaffirmed Peru's traditional stance of guaranteeing that nuclear energy is used exclusively for peaceful purposes, as well as the nation's willingness to a complete elimination and prohibition of nuclear weapons, thus reinforcing the international regime of disarmament and non-proliferation.

Along these lines, Peru's support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was transmitted to the international community as the only instrument to resume dialogue between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the parties originally involved in the agreement, in order to monitor the Iranian nuclear program.

(END) NDP/MVB

Published: 9/23/2020
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