UN nuclear watchdog names Rafael Grossi as new head

ANKARA

The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday appointed Rafael Mariano Grossi as new director general.

“In a meeting open to representatives of all IAEA Member States, the 35-nation Board of Governors appointed by acclamation Mr Grossi as Director General, to serve for four years from 3 December,” the agency said in a statement.

The board decision will be submitted for approval to the IAEA General Conference, which will meet for a special session on Dec 2.

Grossi is currently Argentina’s ambassador to Austria and the country’s permanent representative to Vienna-based International Organizations, including the IAEA.

“The new Director General will be the IAEA’s sixth head since it was founded in 1957,” the statement read.

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