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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has donated $3.5 million to two United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) initiatives to support the peaceful use of nuclear technology, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Of the total donation, $2.5 million went toward an initiative to modernize the agency’s Seibersdorf Laboratories (ReNuAL2).

The initiative will help build nuclear regulatory capabilities to maximize the benefits of nuclear techniques and provide resources and services to IAEA member states that ensure the safe use of nuclear technology, SPA said.

The remaining $1 million was donated to support the IAEA’s Integrated Zoonotic Disease Action (ZODIAC), which aims to implement nuclear technologies to combat infectious zoonotic disease outbreaks and improve preparedness, response and early detection.

“These donations are part of Saudi Arabia’s continued support for IAEA initiatives that aim to develop capabilities in a way that enhances its vital role in harnessing atomic energy for peace,” said SPA.

The financial contribution also confirms the Kingdom’s positive stance towards the use of safe nuclear energy, the statement read.

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