The United States is to help Libya to build a first nuclear power plant under an agreement to be signed soon, Libya's news agency reported on Monday.
The Libyan parliament or General People's Committee (GPC) gave its approval on Sunday for the foreign ministry to sign the deal, JANA said. "The GPC authorised on Sunday the GPC for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation to sign the agreement related (to) the Libyan-American cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear energy offered by the United States," it said.
"The agreement aims at establishing a nuclear station in Libya to produce electricity, desalting water, and developing the radiochemistry performance at energy researches centre."
"The draft Agreement offered by the United States of America to Great Jamahiryia to hold joint researches and technical projects in this regard, and establishing a regional center for the nuclear medicine, exchanging the technical expertise and encouraging the linking of the American Libyan research and technical institutions."
The draft agreement approved by MPs on Sunday provides for Libyan students to receive training in nuclear technology in the United States and for the establishment in Libya of a regional centre for nuclear medicine, the news agency said.