Salehi lauded Iranian nuclear experts' efforts said his first priority is building new nuclear plants to generate electricity.
On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as the new head of the AEOI.
Salehi, who replaced the AEOI former Chief Fereidoun Abbasi, expressed the hope that he would be able to successfully continue the path of his predecessors and fulfill the “heavy responsibility” of serving the country’s national interests by further boosting the achievements of the AEOI.
“The organization’s main task will be to construct commercial nuclear plants to generate electricity and to build research reactors to produce radio medicines,” Salehi said.
He underlined that the activities of AEOI are completely peaceful and in line with the interests of the Iranian nation.
Salehi served as foreign minister under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from December 2010 to August 2013. He was also Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) between 1997 and 2005.
Moreover, he served as deputy secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) from 2007 to 2009 and head of the AEOI from 2009 to 2010.
Born in 1949, Salehi earned his PhD degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1977.