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27 November 2017

Sudan and Russia sign nuclear cooperation agreement

Sudan and Russia have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

The agreement is a starting point for an active dialogue between the two countries in the nuclear sphere and allows to begin practical implementation of certain cooperation projects, Rosatom said in a statement.

The announcement was made during a visit by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Russia where he held talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The signatories included the Director General of Rosatom, Alexei Likhachev, and the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity of Sudan, Mutaz Musa Abdul Salim.

The agreement is a starting point for an active dialogue between the two countries in the nuclear sphere and allows to begin practical implementation of certain cooperation projects.

Nuclear cooperation agreement

The document creates a legal framework for cooperation between Russia and Sudan in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in a wide range of areas, such as;

  • assistance in creating and improving the nuclear infrastructure of the Republic of Sudan in accordance with international recommendations;
  • regulation in the field of nuclear and radiation safety, control over physical protection of nuclear materials, radiation sources and storage facilities for nuclear and radioactive materials,
  • as well as systems for control of nuclear and radioactive materials and waste;
  • fundamental research in the field of the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes; production of radioisotopes and their use in industry, medicine and agriculture;
  • cooperation in the field of application of radiation technologies and nuclear medicine;
  • education and training of specialists for the nuclear industry.

Rosatom further explained: “In order to implement the above-mentioned areas of cooperation, the Agreement embraces the establishment of joint working groups for the implementation of specific projects and scientific research.”

It also allows for the exchange of experts, arrangement of seminars and conferences, assistance in education and training of scientific and technical personnel, exchange of scientific and technical information, provision of equipment, materials and components. Read more...

The agreement was signed in furtherance of the Memorandum of Understanding concluded in Moscow on June 19, 2017 between Rosatom and the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity of Sudan on the margins of the International Forum Atomexpo-2017.

 

Featured image: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir meets with Vladimir Putin in Russia (AFP)

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