Egypt Eyes Nukes

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Byline: James Morrison, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Egypt eyes nukes

The U.S. ambassador in Egypt expects Washington to cooperate eagerly with Egypt if it decides to develop a civilian nuclear power industry.

"If Egypt, after detailed study on this subject, decides that nuclear power is a positive thing and important for Egypt, we can cooperate in this field. Why not?" Ambassador Francis Ricciardone told al-Mehwar television last week.

"We are ready to supply nuclear technology to friendly states which want to benefit from civilian, peaceful nuclear power," he added.

Gamal Mubarak, son of the president, told Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party that the country should consider promoting nuclear power.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

* Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who meets with President Bush and holds an 11 a.m. press conference at the Williard Intercontinental Hotel.

* Trade Minister Jose Ruben Rochi of El Salvador, who addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on travel and tourism in his Central American nation.

* Iranian dissident Amir Abbas Fakhravar, who addresses the Heritage Foundation on domestic protests against the theocratic regime.

* Maria van der Hoeven, minister for education, culture and science of the Netherlands, who addresses Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies on the role of education in the integration of foreign religious communities in democratic societies.

Tomorrow

* Princess Dalal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, who participates in a press conference on improving foster care, at 9 a.m. in Room HC-6 of the Capitol.

* Georg Milbradt, minister-president of the German state of Saxony, who discusses German unity in a program at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

* Nikolay Spassky, deputy head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. …