Erdogan Turkey – 8.02.2011 - AP
Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at parliament in Ankara, Turkey, February 8, 2011 Photo by AP
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Jordan and Turkey have signed a nuclear cooperation agreement paving the way for closer ties between the two countries.

Resource-impoverished Jordan says its peaceful nuclear program, supported by the United States, is imperative for electricity generation and exploring other cost-effective alternative sources.

The state Petra news agency said Thursday's accord covers nuclear reactor operation and servicing, provision of nuclear fuel cycle services, uranium exploration and radiation protection.

Jordan wants to build a nuclear plant by 2019 to meet its growing energy needs and reduce its energy bill, which consumes about 20 percent of its annual budget.

It has signed similar accords with 11 other nations, including Italy, Japan and the United States.