The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Vienna-based International Organizations has emphasized ensuring the effective implementation of nuclear-related technical cooperation programs by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran PressEurope: Kazem Gharibabadi, who participated in a meeting of the Agency's Cooperation and Technical Assistance Committee, which was held via video conference on Monday, said that the challenges and difficulties arising from the Coronavirus pandemic should not be underestimated.

The Iranian diplomat stated that the efforts of the Agency Secretariat to ensure the effective implementation of technical cooperation programs are very important and their realization requires high solidarity and cooperation at all levels of the world.

Gharibabadi added: "It must be ensured that today's challenging situation does not have a detrimental effect on the implementation of the agency's technical cooperation programs, and most importantly, that these projects have sufficiently guaranteed resources."

Gharibabadi, referring to the proposed technical cooperation program of the Agency for 2021, emphasized: "The Secretariat is responsible for ensuring the use of financial resources contributed to the Technical Cooperation Program to effectively and efficiently achieve the objectives of the program and in line with the needs and priorities of the member states."

He emphasized the vital role of nuclear techniques in the observation, diagnosis, and control of such diseases, citing the Integrated Action for Diseases of Animal Origin project and the Agency's program for timely response to infectious diseases and assistance to countries in this area, as well as the long-term negative consequences of coronary heart disease.

The Iranian diplomat added: "We believe that this project, as a project of inter-regional technical cooperation, can provide a good basis for the leadership of the International Atomic Energy Agency and lead to a comprehensive synergy between all efforts at the national and regional levels and create a comprehensive approach to common human and animal diseases."

Gharibabadi also expressed Iran's full support for the project, saying that the implementation of disease surveillance, tracking, and monitoring systems can provide early warning and help countries' national programs to combat such diseases.