(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) AMMAN, Aug 24 (KUNA) -- Jordan and Iraq has signed a protocol for cooperation in peaceful usage of atomic energy, particularly in the medical sector.
Jordan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Khaled Toukan inked the deal with Iraqi Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Science and Technology Qusai Al-Suhail, the Jordanian news agency (Petra) reported Saturday.
Toukan described the protocol as a "positive" step that lays the groundwork for short- and medium-term cooperation in this field.
The protocol provides the opportunity to train Iraqi cadres in the civilian uses of nuclear energy, he pointed out.
The Jordanian official stressed the importance of enhancing cooperation in all fields, including providing the Iraqi market with medical and industrial radioactive isotopes and the use of nuclear energy in the fields of medicine, agriculture, water and industry.
For his part, the Iraqi minister said his country is ready for cooperation in the export of radioactive iodine-131 for its use in diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine in the form of solution or capsules and the required radioactivity. (end)