France and Saudi Arabia have made “progress” toward finalising a civilian nuclear energy cooperation pact, French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde (photo) said. President Nicolas Sarkozy has already signed such deals with Algeria and Libya.
“The talks have made good progress and I hope that our two heads of state will be able to sign an agreement soon,” Lagarde said after talks with King Abdullah, Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf and other officials.
“It involves cooperation in civil nuclear energy under the best security conditions,” Lagarde told reporters in
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has already signed civilian nuclear deals with Arab oil producers
A few months later, the
The Gulf Cooperation Council—a loose economic and political alliance of six Arab states including Saudi Arabia— said in 2007 it was studying a joint nuclear energy programme and had been in touch with the U.N. atomic energy watchdog about cooperating over such a scheme.
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