Tunisia and Russia signed an intergovernmental agreement on the peaceful use of atomic energy. The deal came on the sideline of International Atomic Energy Agency conference in Vienna, informed Rosatom’s website.

The agreement concerns bilateral cooperation between the two countries in areas of the civil nuclear power. This included, but not limited to, assistance in the development and improvement of Tunisian nuclear infrastructure, design and construction of nuclear power and research reactors, as well as desalination plants, according to ESI Africa.

The deal was signed by Tunisia’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Salim Khalbous, and Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom’s  Director General, Sergy Kirienko.

A statement by Rosatom added that the agreement “envisages the formation of the coordination committee that will control the Agreement implementation, handle any issues that may arise in the process of the implementation, and consult on any matters related to peaceful uses of atomic energy.”