Turkey and Japan on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a nuclear power plant in a northern Turkish city, Anadolu agency reported.
Turkish Minister of Energy & Natural Resources Taner Yildiz and Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry Akihiro Ohata signed the MoU regarding construction of a nuclear power plant in Black Sea province of Sinop.
Yildiz, who spoke at a news conference after the signing ceremony, stated that, "we signed a deal to establish a nuclear power plant in Turkey in the future. Thanks to the agreement, ways opened for related institutions of Turkey and Japan to make cooperation."
Underlining that Turkey was a developing and growing country, Yildiz said Turkey could make cooperation with Japan in third countries. "Turkey is open to international capital and ready to be a base in this respect," he noted.
Turkey believes that it can make cooperation with Japan also in energy saving, Yildiz said.
Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry Akihiro Ohata said Turkey and Japan would boost bilateral relations basing of this MoU.
Asked when the project would start, Ohata said the Japanese party would get prepared in three months as minister Yildiz expressed eagerness of Turkish party to obtain a result in three months.
Yildiz said Turkey was late on nuclear power plant issue and underlined it could not waste time any more.
Turkish energy minister is scheduled to depart from Japan on Saturday night.
Turkey launched talks with Japan to construct a nuclear power plant in Turkey's northern province of Sinop earlier this month after negotiations with South Korea had failed.