CAIRO: Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy assured that Egypt is ‘keen’ for more talks with the Nile Basin countries regarding any new initiatives or agreements and to solve any old disputes. Youm7 reported Saturday.
Moghazy added in statements during his participation in the Nile Basin Countries Extraordinary Summit in Khartoum schedule to last until Sunday that Egypt is “willing to solve any old problems or differences in views especially with Sudan or any other African country.”
This participation is a first for Egypt after 5 years of refraining over differences in the views in the Nile Basin Initiative that was signed 2010 by number of African countries regarding shares of Nile river water. Agreements from the 1920s give Sudan and Egypt the right to veto any perceived threat to their Nile water share, however subsequent agreements by riparian countries, including the Entebbe agreement, have tried to redefine the water shares. Egypt has rejected other agreements, saying that it would represent an unacceptable risk to the nation’s water security.
Sudan’s Irrigation minister Moataz Mosa said in his remarks during the meeting that they are about to reach a compromise and resolve the dispute pending points in the legal framework of the Nile Basin Initiative countries in order to reach a real partnership between all of the countries.
Moghazy is scheduled to hold several meetings with the African leaders among the summit to review number of agreements and initiatives according to Youm7.