Jordan, Turkey ink nuclear cooperation agreement

08:34, February 18, 2011      

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Jordan and Turkey on Thursday signed a nuclear cooperation agreement in the field of use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and nuclear security.

The agreement entails exchanging of expertise and cooperation in the operation, renewal and maintenance of nuclear reactors.

It also entails exploration of uranium and developing nuclear safety and security.

"The signing of the agreement is a milestone in relations between Jordan and Turkey and it attracts further international support for Jordan's nuclear program," said Khaled Toukan, minister of energy and mineral resources of Jordan.

"The signing of several nuclear agreements with different countries provides Jordan with a political cover and necessary support as we live in a sensitive part of the world," added Toukan.

President of the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority Thafer Alber said Turkey is ready to provide Jordan's students and experts with training at specialized Turkish facilities.

The agreement also entails forming a joint working group to implement a series of projects in the field of scientific research and exchange of technical and scientific expertise.

Jordan, which is planning to build three to four nuclear reactors for the generation of power, has signed nuclear cooperation agreements with several countries such as France, South Korea, China, Canada, Russia, Britain, Spain, Argentina, Japan, Romania and Italy.

In October 2009, Jordan announced the launch of the site feasibility study for the Kingdom's first nuclear power plant.

Source: Xinhua
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