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UAE signs nuclear energy pact with US

world Updated: Apr 22, 2008 12:22 IST

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the US have signed an agreement for cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, WAM news agency reported on Tuesday.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al-Nahyan signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday.

"The MoU represents an excellent example of cooperation the UAE hopes to forge with responsible nuclear supplier states in the area of peaceful nuclear energy. There are potential mutual benefits to both parties from deepening cooperation in the development of the UAE's domestic nuclear energy sector," Sheikh Abdulla said after signing the agreement.

The minister also welcomed the prospect of negotiating a more extensive bilateral agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation to establish the legal basis for trade in significant nuclear commodities between the two countries.