Saudi Arabia to sign nuclear cooperation agreement with France

July 7, 2009

Saudi Arabia on Monday agreed to sign a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with France.  The Cabinet authorized the President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy to sign a draft cooperation agreement with France on the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
 
The pact was first proposed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in Paris in June 2007.  A draft agreement with submitted by France during President Sarkozy’s visited Riyadh in January 2008.
 
The agreement was delayed by Saudi Arabia until the establishing the King Abdullah City for Nuclear and Renewable Energy in April 18, 2010.
 
In May 2008, Saudi Arabia signed a peaceful nuclear cooperation pact with the US during President George W. Bush’s visit to Riyadh.

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