Israel’s infrastructure minister says his country wants to build nuclear power plants in cooperation with its Arab neighbours.

Uzi Landau says all nuclear plants built in Israel will be subject to strict safety and security controls.

He told a nuclear conference in Paris on Tuesday that “Israel has always considered nuclear power to partially replace its dependence on coal.”

The programme would be aimed to help Israel secure energy supplies and battle global warming by curbing its use of fossil fuels.

Mr. Landau says that Israel hopes to develop nuclear energy in cooperation with scientists and engineers from “our Arab neighbours.”

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