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France and Saudi to sign nuclear deal

Long-awaited partnership of Saudi and France to be finalised today

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France and Saudi to agree long-awaited nuclear deal. (Getty Images)
France and Saudi to agree long-awaited nuclear deal. (Getty Images)

Representatives from France and Saudi Arabia will sign an agreement today for bilateral cooperation in the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, the Arab News has reported.

Hisham Yamani, chairman of the King Abdullah City for Nuclear and Renewable Energy and the French minister in charge of industry and energy, Eric Besson will sign the agreement, which lays down the basis for extensive cooperation in the application of nuclear energy, specifically in the production of electricity, desalination of water, qualifying human resources in the peaceful use of atomic energy and the promotion of nuclear energy applications in the sectors of agriculture, biology, archaeology, medicine and industry.

In a statement from the French Embassy, French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Bertrand Besancenot called the agreement a ‘strategic partnership’, saying: “It means that we are sharing the world's best technology and helping provide the transfer of skills to the Saudi people.”

It also stated that the cooperation will take the form of exchanging and qualifying scientific and technical teams, their participation in joint activities of research and engineering, and the exchange of information, the Arab News said.

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