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Russia, Sudan sign agreement for peaceful use of atomic energy

Russia and Sudan have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes during the visit of the President of the Republic of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir.

The Director General of ROSATOM Alexei Likhachev and the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity of Sudan Mutaz Musa Abdul Salim affixed their signatures to the document from Russian and Sudanese sides respectively.

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.

In particular, 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.

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, as well as 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. The agreement will also allow to work out the possibility of construction the Nuclear Science and Technology Center and nuclear power plants in the territory of the Republic of Sudan.

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.