Irrigation minister to visit Sudan Tuesday for Nile talks
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CAIRO: Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazi is scheduled to visit Sudan Tuesday to discuss use of the Nile River, Youm7 reported Monday.

The visit aims at boosting bilateral relations between the two countries in the field of water resources.

During the visit, Moghazi is scheduled to meet with Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity Moataz Moussa to discuss the most important issues between the two countries, such as activating the Permanent Joint Technical Commission for the Nile River responsible for all technical cooperation between the two sides in the field of water resources.

The two ministers will also discuss the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) in light of the freezing of Egypt’s activities in the Nile Basin Initiative after the agreement was negotiated by only six of the member countries.

In 2010, Egypt and Sudan withdrew from the Nile Basin Initiative when Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania signed a new Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement. The new agreement would increase the share of Nile water for these countries at the expense of downstream countries. Egypt and Sudan did not sign the agreement, as experts said that it was against the interests of the two countries.

The CFA could result in smaller shares of Nile water for Egypt and Sudan who currently receive 90 percent of the Nile’s waters. The agreement is one of the more controversial recently discussed issues within the region.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visited Sudan on June 27 to discuss bilateral relations.

“There are many fields in which we can work to serve our people,” Sisi said in a joint press conference with his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir, adding that “in the near future there will be increased cooperation between both countries.”

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