Egypt intends to finalize a deal with Russia to build four nuclear power stations in Egypt "soon," said Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan on Tuesday, state-run Ahram news reported.
"The government has no intention of backtracking the deal because it's very important to Egypt," said Marwan in a press conference.
"The government wanted to ensure that the safety measures will be in place before signing the deal, so the stations would cause no harmful radiation in the future," he added.
Egypt and Russia signed an agreement in 2015 to build four nuclear power stations in Egypt by 2022. However, the final deal hasn't been signed yet between the two sides.
In May, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the Russian minister of defense and foreign affairs that "Egypt welcomes Russia to build the nuclear power plants in the coming few years."
The final draft of the deal was ratified by the State Council. The first plant would be built in Dabaa west of the North Coast City of Alexandria.