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UAE, Japan sign nuclear energy agreement

world Updated: Jan 21, 2009 11:57 IST

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The UAE has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Japan for exploring possibilities of developing peaceful nuclear energy.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs undersecretary Saif Sultan Al Aryani of UAE and senior Vice Minister Takamori Yoshikawa of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry have signed the memorandum in Abu Dhabi on behalf of the two countries on Monday.

"As we evaluate a peaceful civil nuclear power program in the United Arab Emirates, one of our fundamental principles is that we will work with responsible nations that are experts in the field," Al Aryani said following the signing of the agreement.

The memorandum of cooperation means that we will be able to work closely with Japan, which has a long and successful history in nuclear power, he said.

Meanwhile, Yoshikawa said "for more than 40 years Japan has been promoting nuclear energy and currently we operate 55 commercial nuclear reactors".

The Japanese vice-minister also said the cooperation with the UAE in this field would benefit both the countries as the memorandum includes steps towards preparing and planning a peaceful nuclear programme while managing the bases of atomic non-proliferation, safety and nuclear radiation protection.

The cooperation document also comprised exchange visits between the two countries, seminars, workshops, technical and services assistance.

The UAE signed the memo with Japan after signing a series of similar agreements with the UK, US and France.