France and Saudi sign nuclear agreement
Saudi looks to peaceful nuclear future as it signs a deal with France
France and Saudi Arabia signed a peaceful nuclear deal in Riyadh yesterday after action was first proposed in 2007, allowing the kingdom to build alternative energy plants.
Hashim Yamani, president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy has said that the deal will allow institutions in both countries to enhance cooperation in the fields of production, use and transfer of knowledge of peaceful uses for nuclear energy.
Signed by Yamani and Eric Besson, the French minister for industry and power, the accord will assist Saudi Arabia in its bid to handle an energy demand that’s increasing annually by eight per cent, and also form part of a long-term energy programme to build other sources for electricity production and water desalination.