IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad to congratulate him on his country's ratification of the Additional Protocol, which strengthens and extends safeguards against nuclear proliferation put in place by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the IAEA said in a release.
"Iraq sends a clear message to the region and the world for having brought the Additional Protocol into force. I hope this great achievement will be recognized as a best practice in this region and beyond," Amano said.
During their meeting, Amano said, "I exchanged views with Prime Minister al-Maliki and Foreign Minister (Hoshyar) Zebari in a very open and useful way. Iraq's gesture to implement the Additional Protocol sends a positive message to the Middle East region and around the world."
Iraq showed its commitment to nuclear non-proliferation in October by signing onto the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
At that time, Amano said: "The ratification of the Additional Protocol is clearly a significant step for Iraq in demonstrating its resolve in meeting its non-proliferation commitments under relevant treaties, agreements and resolutions. It is very welcome and can serve as a laudable example for the region and the world."