Saudi Arabia widens horizons

16 January 2012

Saudi Arabia has added China to a growing list of countries with which it has signed nuclear cooperation agreements.

An agreement on the peaceful use of nuclear energy was signed on behalf of the two countries' governments during a visit to the Saudi capital Riyadh by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao. 

According to the official Saudi press agency SPA, the agreement was signed in the presence of the heads of state of both countries by Hashim Yamani, president of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, and Chang Peng, president of the National Commission for Development and Reforms of China.

No further details on the content of the agreement were given. Saudi Arabia has been considering a nuclear power program for electricity generation and desalination since 2009, and in 2011 the kingdom signed cooperation agreements with Argentina, France and South Korea.

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