Egyptian minister discusses nuke plant with IAEA chief

Egyptian minister discusses nuke plant with IAEA chief Cairo: Egypt's Minister for Electricity on Tuesday met visiting IAEA chief Yukiya Amano and discussed with him the country's first nuclear power-generating plant.

Electricity Minister Hassan Yunis discussed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Egypt's plans to establish its first nuclear power-generating plant as also the country's nuclear bill.

Egypt, which is one of the founding countries of the atomic watchdog, has several joint scientific and technical projects covering peaceful activities, including medical, agricultural and environmental applications, with the IAEA, the minister said.

The IAEA has also trained several Egyptian nuclear experts in several fields, Yunis added.

He said Egypt also took up an important role in the international organisation through sponsoring many projects implemented by the IAEA in Africa that aim to promote the peaceful use of nuclear technology in the continent.

Yunis said that Egypt also provides training necessary for African experts and has four centers in Africa accredited by the IAEA in the sector of nuclear applications, the minister added.

The Egyptian electricity sector has cooperated with the IAEA with full transparency, Yunis said, noting that experts from the international watchdog contributed to mapping out the nuclear bill issued in March.

This is Amano's first visit to Egypt as the IAEA chief.

He also thanked the Egyptian government for its full cooperation with the IAEA, and congratulated Cairo on the issuance of the nuclear law.

The IAEA is fully supporting the steps Egypt took to establish its nuclear programme, he said.