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King Opens SESAME center

Salt, May 16 (Petra)--His Majesty King Abdullah II on Tuesday opened the International Center for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), the first research center of its kind in the region.

The center, which is located in Allan region in the Balqa Governorate, will contribute to developing scientific research in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and others.

During a tour of the center's facilities, His Majesty was briefed on the technology used at the center, stages of construction and the operation process.

In its development stage, the centre brought together scientists from current SESAME members- Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, Turkey and Israel, in addition to experts from a number of other countries who are observers, to build the first international research laboratory in the Middle East.

In remarks during the opening ceremony, which was attended by HRH Princess Sumayya Bint Al Hassan, Prime Minister Hani Al Mulki and other top officials, SESAME Council President Chris Llewellyn Smith expressed his appreciation for Jordan and all states and institutions that provided financial support to establish the center.

The center, Smith said, is expected to attract a large number of scientists from the region, noting that it has so far received 55 scientific research projects on the use of nuclear accelerators. He said the facility will house the first nuclear-powered accelerator in the world.

In his address, the centre's director general, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Agency Khaled Toukan, pointed to the political, technical and financial challenges that faced the project's task force, noting that the distinguished achievement was made, thanks to supporters in Jordan and around the world.

He thanked His Majesty the King, the Royal Court and the government for their relentless support and also commended the efforts of member and observer countries and all international and regional organisations that helped to accomplish the project.

The ceremony also included a documentary on the SESAME center that highlighted its importance as a scientific facility to exchange researches among scientists in a host of fields.

Jordan was chosen as a venue of the centre from among five countries that applied to host it.

Construction work of the $100 million center started in 2003 after the signing of the membership agreement with other member states under UNESCO's umbrella.

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16/5/2017 - 03:37:07 PM
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