Ottawa: H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Foreign Minister and his Canadian Counterpart John Baird yesterday signed an agreement between the Governments of the United Arab Emirates and Canada for cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
The signing took place here at the headquarters of the Canadian Parliament and comes within the framework of enhancing cooperation between UAE and Canada in light of the significant growth and development witnessed in their bilateral relations.
The signing ceremony was attended by Mohammed Saif Hilal Al Shehhi, UAE ambassador to Canada and the delegation accompanying UAE’s Foreign Minister.
Later, the Canadian Foreign Minister held a luncheon in honor of Sheikh Abdullah and his accompanying delegation. Sheikh Abdullah also witnessed the proceedings of the session of the Canadian House of Commons.
Like other agreements signed by the UAE with a number of technology and nuclear materials exporting countries including Australia, this agreement sets a framework for cooperation between the two countries in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and facilitating commercial exchange of nuclear materials and equipment.
In late July, Sheikh Abdullah and his Australian counterpart Bob Carr signed a strategic cooperation agreement for peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Sheikh Abdullah said at that time the UAE was not considering projects for enrichment and for nuclear waste treatment.