Sarkozy seeks more nuclear accords with Arab nations


A Tunisian newspaper is quoting French President Nicolas Sarkozy as saying he is seeking more partnerships with Arab countries regarding civilian nuclear power.

The Ach-Chourouk paper reports that Sarkozy says he is convinced that nuclear energy is a key to sustainable development.

Sarkozy will make a state visit to Tunisia on Monday. The newspaper quoted him Sunday as saying he will sign an agreement on civilian nuclear development there. In the past year, Sarkozy has signed such accords with Algeria, Libya, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

The French leader says he is ready for such deals with Arab nations that want them, if they abide by international agreements on civilian nuclear use.