No Israel this time? Jordan, Egypt sign agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy
Egypt will be the second – after Kuwait – to sign a nuclear memorandum with Jordan.
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A delegation headed by Egypt's deputy minister of electricity and renewable energy, Hassan Hassanein, visited Jordan on Sunday to discuss a memorandum of understanding it plans to conclude at the end of a three-day visit.
The delegation reviewed Jordan's peaceful nuclear programme, Hussein said, adding that the country has come a long way in its nuclear energy project, according to Egypt's state news agency MENA.
The minister said he visited the five megawatt Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR), which was launched in 2013 and is still under construction. He will also visit sites for uranium exploration and extraction, which the state's Jordanian Uranium Mining Company said will commence in the next two years.
The delegation included officials from Egypt's Nuclear Energy Authority and its Nuclear Plant Authority, and discussed nuclear safety and security procedures as well as the supervisory aspect of the industry.
Egypt will be the second – after Kuwait – to sign a nuclear memorandum with Jordan. The latter has signed a cooperation agreement on nuclear energy with Saudi Arabia.
In 2013, Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced the re-launching of the country's halted nuclear power programme, with plans to construct a plant in the town of Dabaa close to the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh.
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