Canada and the United Arab Emirates have signed a nuclear deal that allows Ottawa to supply uranium to atomic power reactors in the Persian Gulf country. Canada’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan inked the deal during a ceremony in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, on Tuesday. The statement did not provide further details of the nuclear agreement. “This agreement provides a number of opportunities for our countries to work together as strategic partners, and for Canadian companies to offer the full array of their equipment, services and uranium supply to the UAE,” Baird said.
Canada, which seeks to gain profits from exporting nuclear technology, has signed similar deals with China and India in the past.Al Nahyan also said that South Korea is building four nuclear reactors for the Persian Gulf country, the first of which is to come on line in 2017. Relations between the two countries have been strained since Ottawa refused to grant extra landing rights to two of the UAE’s leading commercial airlines more than a year ago. Abu Dhabi responded by kicking out the Canadian forces from its military base on the outskirts of Dubai, and imposing an expensive visa requirement for Canadian travelers. DB/HSN