WASHINGTON (AHN)–The United States and Turkey started Monday a 15-year nuclear energy cooperation agreement with the exchange of diplomatic notes by officials from the two countries.
US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said the deal outlines conditions in the transfer of technology, material, reactors, and components for nuclear research and nuclear power production between the two countries. According to the US State Department, the conditions are in line with international regulations on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.
The US Congress still has to approve the agreement.
Turkey stands to gain from the agreement as the Middle Eastern country is facing an energy shortage. The agreement will facilitate Ankara’s September bidding to build the first of three planned nuclear power plants that will provide Turkey with an additional 5,000 megawatts of electricity.