Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Egypt launches nuclear power programme

from AFP

The most populous Arab country now joins Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have all announced peaceful nuclear ambitions. "It's a right for all Arabs," said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a 2006 Arab summit in Riyadh. Egyptian Electriciy Minister Hassan Younes then said that Egypt wanted to build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear plant at Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast to the east of Alexandria at a cost 1.5 billion dollars - requiring foreign investment ... When asked on Monday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said, "I don't know a lot about it. In general, we are supportive of countries pursuing civil nuclear energy. It's clean burning. It provides electricity in a clean-burning and affordable way for citizens." ... Egypt and Syria in September urged the IAEA to pass a resolution condemning Israel for possessing nuclear weapons. Cairo and other Muslim capitals see Israel as the main nuclear threat in the region, while the West views Iran as the greatest threat to peace.

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