France and Kuwait have signed a co-operation agreement to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The 20-year agreement will see the pair share expertise to develop nuclear power to produce electricity and for water desalination plants.

France’s atomic energy commission chairman Bernard Bigot said it is an intergovernmental agreement between France and Kuwait, according to Reuters.

“After signing we will be starting discussions, sharing information in such a way that the Kuwaitis will make their own decision on how to move forward,” Bigot said.