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Egypt balancing deals with security concerns


04-02-2016 10:26 BJT

Full coverage: Xi Visits Czech Republic, Attends Nuclear Security Summit

Egypt has presented a report to the summit on beefing up efforts to keep its nuclear material from the ISIL. Yasser Hakim has the report.

Keeping nuclear material out of the hands of extremists has taken on a new urgency in Egypt. ISIL has gained a foothold in Libya, and already has struck in Tunisia and northern Egypt. Foreign minister Sameh Shoukry is presenting a report to the summit on Egypt's policy on nuclear security. That includes ways to protect and preserve nuclear material, a data base, and its strategy to stop illegal trade in nuclear material.

Egypt has long been a champion of a Middle East free of nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction. However it is to build nuclear reactors to generate electricity constructed and funded by Russia.

The four reactors will produce 4,800 mega watts of electricity by 2022.

This will not only cover Egypt's local consumption, but will also be enough to export electricity, and become another source of revenue for the north African nation.

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