Iran and Indonesia to discuss nuclear cooperation

Iran's ambassador to Indonesia: officials will discuss several alternative energy sources, including nuclear power.

February 22, 2010 17:49
Iran and Indonesia to discuss nuclear cooperation

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Iran and Indonesia plan to discuss cooperation in nuclear technology for nonmilitary purposes during an upcoming visit by Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla to Iran, Iran's ambassador to the country said Wednesday. Bahruz Kamal Vandi said nuclear power was one of several alternative energy sources he and Kalla discussed in a meeting. "(Nuclear) energy is very important to the two countries to reduce their reliance on current sources of energy," Vandi told reporters here. Vandi said a possible "concrete" policy on nuclear cooperation will be discussed during Kalla's visit to Iran. Kalla would visit Iran after the ongoing Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, an official at his office said, without providing a specific timetable. Ramadan is scheduled to end during the last week of October. Iran is trying to bolster support among fellow Islamic-majority nations for its nuclear power ambitions. Indonesia, which supports Teheran's right to tap nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, plans to have a nuclear power station by 2015. Indonesia desperately needs energy to meet rising electricity demand while reducing its fuel imports to pay for its existing power plants. The country became a net oil importer recently due to faltering output and investment in the energy sector.

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