The first meeting of Egypt's Supreme Council for Atomic Energy approved in Cairo on Wednesday (17 September) a scheme to build the country's first nuclear station.
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Background: The first meeting of Egypt's Supreme Council for Atomic Energy approved in Cairo on Wednesday (17 September) a scheme to build the country's first nuclear station. The station will generate power and desalinate sea water on Egypt's north western coast.
The council, which was presided over by President Anwar Sadat, also approved in principle a feasibility study of using nuclear power to dig a water canal between the Mediterranean Sea and the Qattara Depression, about 40 miles (65 kms) inland.
The council will also work out a plan of action for the various uses of atomic energy in Egypt.
President Sadat has said several times that Egypt will not be the first nation to introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East. He has added, however, that Egypt will make a suitable response if Israel should introduce them.
While Egypt has signed the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty it has not yet ratified it because of Israel's stand on the matter.
At present, Egypt has no nuclear capability although there have been president, but unofficial reports, that Israel may already have at least one nuclear weapon.