Brazil Backs Argentina’s Re-Election of Diplomat to Lead IA

Argentina’s ambassador of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, Re-elected for a Second Term

The Argentine diplomat Rafael Grossi has been re-elected for a second term as the ambassador of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the period 2024-2027, official sources reported on January 19, 2023. A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Grossi becoming the first Latin American to hold the agency’s highest position and praised his efforts in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Grossi, who assumed the command of the IAEA in December 2019, reportedly played a crucial role in dealing with crises related to non-proliferation and security nuclear. The IAEA is a body of the United Nations system created in 1957 to deal with the risks and threats, as well as the development potential, of atomic energy.

In addition, the support for Grossi’s candidacy is part of the bilateral strategic association between Brazil and Argentina in the nuclear area, “whose most eloquent expression is the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC),” said the Foreign Ministry.

The IAEA has 171 member states and works for the peaceful and safe uses of nuclear science and technology. The redistributing or redistribution of all or part of the contents of Efe services is prohibited, without the prior and express consent of Agencia EFE SA.

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