US signs nuclear deal with UAE

With just five days left in office, the Bush administration signed a nuclear deal with the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.

US signs nuclear deal with UAE
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed at the State Department with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

"We applaud the UAE's commitment to the highest standards of safety and security on nonproliferation in its pursuit of nuclear power," said Rice, who said she believed Congress would support the deal.

The UAE minister said his government had been "transparent" about the nuclear arrangement, which establishes a legal framework for commerce in civilian nuclear energy between the two countries.

"This agreement will give U.S. businesses a better and a newer way of cooperation between our two countries," he said.

A spokeswoman for the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama had no comment on the UAE deal or whether it would have the support of the new White House.

Congress has 90 days for review after which the deal will come into law unless there are objections.

The United States has similar agreements with more than 20 other countries, including Egypt and India.

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