Jordan says France will help it develop nuclear energy

Jordanian Nuclear Energy Commissioner Khaled Toukan has said France will help his country to generate electricity using nuclear power. Toukan said Thursday French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner will sign a nuclear energy agreement with Jordan during a brief stopover in the kingdom Friday. Under the agreement, France will train Jordanian nuclear experts, help create reactors that will be used for generating electricity and extract uranium, which the desert country has abundant reserves of. Like its Arab neighbors, Jordan announced plans to produce nuclear energy to reduce fuel consumption and its dependence on electricity bought from neighboring Egypt. The United States said it approved the plan.