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Russia signs nuclear deal with Jordan

Russia on Friday signed an agreement with Jordan to build nuclear power plants, desalination and research and training facilities in the West Asian kingdom.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Moscow
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2009 08:56 PM IST

Russia on Friday signed an agreement with Jordan to build nuclear power plants, desalination and research and training facilities in the West Asian kingdom.

The 10-year deal signed here by Russia's RosAtom nuclear corporation CEO Sergei Kiriyenko and Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission chairman Khaled Toukan also stipulates cooperation in the production and use of nuclear materials.

"This agreement is the beginning of major strategic cooperation between the two countries. We intend to cooperate in the construction of nuclear power plants... And plan to build four plants in Jordan in the coming decades," Kiriyenko was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency.

Construction of a nuclear power plant for production of electricity and a sea water desalination station are among the important projects to be executed under the deal, Jordan's nuclear official said.

Russia will also partner Jordan in Uranium processing under the agreement, the official added.

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