Leaders talk clean energy

Sudani discusses nuclear energy investment for national power grid

BAGHDAD, August 31 — Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al-Sudani chaired a National Security Council meeting on Wednesday and discussed potential investment into nuclear energy for the country’s power generation, as well as a limited nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes.

A statement from Al-Sudani’s office said:

The Prime Minister, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, chaired a meeting of the National Security Council on Wednesday evening. The meeting was attended by Council members and focused on the latest security developments and key challenges, as well as ways to address them.

The Council hosted the Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Electricity, and the Special Technical Committee for Nuclear Projects. The discussions revolved around the utilization of nuclear energy for national electricity generation and the initiation of a limited nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes. The clean energy produced will contribute to reducing dependence on other energy resources such as gas and oil, with positive long-term effects on electricity stability.

In another agenda item, the evaluation of the second phase and commencement of the third phase of transferring security responsibility from the Ministry of Defense to the Ministry of Interior was discussed. The successful first phase included the governorates of Muthanna, Diwaniyah, and Wasit, while the second phase encompassed Najaf and Dhi Qar. It is expected that the third phase will cover Salah Al-Din, Anbar, and Nineveh governorates.

The council also addressed several other topics on the agenda.