Minister Ahern meeting in Dublin with Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Event: Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern meeting with IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei
Location: Department of Foreign Affairs,
Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
Date 9.30am on Friday, 16th February, 2007.
There will be a Press Opportunity immediately following the meeting, at approximately 10.00 a.m. in Iveagh House.
Note for Editors:
Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will be in Dublin on 15-16 February to receive an Honorary Patronage of the Trinity College Philosophical Society. He is scheduled to meet with the Taoiseach for a courtesy call on the morning of 16 February. He will then meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs at 9.30am, to be followed by a meeting with the Minister for the Environment at 10.30am. Dr ElBaradei’s final engagement will be lunch at the Institute of European Affairs (IEA).
Dr ElBaradei, a former Egyptian diplomat, was appointed Director General of the IAEA in December 1997, and is currently serving his third successive term in the post. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, together with the IAEA, in recognition of their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way. In deciding to award the prize, the Nobel committee underlined that the threat of nuclear arms must be met through the broadest possible international cooperation and identified Dr ElBaradei as a fearless advocate of new measures to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime."
The IAEA is the world centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as an organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. The Agency works with its Member States and partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.