2nd Ethiopian delegation arrives in Egypt for training course

The visit comes amid tension between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter's dam project on the Nile.

2nd Ethiopian delegation arrives in Egypt for training course

World Bulletin / News Desk

A second Ethiopian expert delegation arrived in Cairo Saturday to attend a training course.

The nine-strong delegation, from the ministry of water resources and irrigation, will attend the course on integrated management course, sources at Cairo International Airport said.

An Ethiopian expert delegation had arrived in Cairo in mid-February to attend a course on water resources and irrigation.

The visit comes amid tension between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter's plans to build a multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam on the upper reaches of the Nile River – Egypt's main source of water.

The controversial project raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, which fears a reduction of its traditional share of Nile water.

Water distribution among the states of the Nile Basin has long been based on a colonial-era agreement granting Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of the river's water.

Ethiopia, for its part, is determined to build a series of dams in order to generate electricity, both for local consumption and export.

Addis Ababa insists the new dam will benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, which will be invited to purchase electricity thus generated.

Last Mod: 01 Mart 2014, 13:14
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