Nile water tops Egypt's FM talks in Africa tour

Fahmi is expected to hold talks during his two-day tour with senior government officials from the three countries on means of boosting relations and the Nile water file, the sources said.

Nile water tops Egypt's FM talks in Africa tour

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi left the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday to Uganda, the first leg of an African tour that will also include Nile Basin countries Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well, diplomatic sources said.

Fahmi is expected to hold talks during his two-day tour with senior government officials from the three countries on means of boosting relations and the Nile water file, the sources said.

A decision by the Ethiopian government to divert the flow of the Blue Nile, which gives Egypt most of its Nile water share, ushered in diplomatic tensions between Cairo and Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia diverted the flow of the river to pave the way for the construction of a multi-billion dollar dam that Egyptian water experts criticize for potentially affecting water-poor Egypt's Nile water quota.

The situation worsened when several Egyptian politicians suggested launching a military operation against Ethiopia in a closed meeting with ousted president Mohamed Morsi that turned to be broadcast live. 

The Ugandan parliament had earlier approved the Nile Basin Initiative, an agreement among Nile Riparian states on redefining Nile water distribution away from colonial era agreements that give Egypt the lion's share of the water of the river.

The agreement also aims to develop the Nile in a cooperative manner among basin countries. Other Nile Basin countries Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania also signed the initiative.

The diplomatic sources said Fahmi's meetings with officials in the three Nile Basin countries will also dwell on current developments in Egypt.

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mok
mok - 6 yıl Before

by systematically deliberately blocking and sabotaging irrigation and water projects in Ethiopia, Egypt put millions people to death in starvation, hanger and touristy. Yet no Egyptian politicians apologize for that.

mok
mok - 6 yıl Before

by systematically deliberately blocking and sabotaging irrigation and water projects in Ethiopia, Egypt put millions people to death in starvation, hanger and touristy. Yet no Egyptian politicians apologize for that.

mok
mok - 6 yıl Before

by systematically deliberately blocking and sabotaging irrigation and water projects in Ethiopia, Egypt put millions people to death in starvation, hanger and touristy. Yet no Egyptian politicians apologize for that.

Samuel
Samuel - 6 yıl Before

Egyptians and all arabs have always abused african people. even centuries ago arabs enslaved black people in their sheikdoms. now cairo wants to divide and conquer by dividing kenya, ethiopia and uganda congo etc. egypt does like it when africans use their water resource. if any african leader bows down to egyptian pressure and bribery, shame on you!!

Seid Ibrahim Alturabi
Seid Ibrahim Alturabi - 6 yıl Before

Egypt has never been an honest partner. In the so caleld 1959 treaty our Sudanese puppet generals were bought and we were cheated. While Egypt selfishley secured Sudan was left only for a fraction share. Of Course , Etopia and other countriies were not consulted. Every country should get a fair and equitable share of the waters. What is this current FM is trying is a continuation of old trikery.

Fikru Gebre
Fikru Gebre - 6 yıl Before

Egyptions for may years tried to isolate Ethiopia from other Nile basin countries! All of us aware of Ougudgu, TecoNile, Hydromet program intiated by Egyptian to keep Africans in their yok! But it faild due to Ethiopia(86% contibutor the Nile water to Egypt) refusal to colonial idea! Where ever they go, Blue Nile is always With Ethiopians! It has promise to Ethiopian !