President Sisi discusses water needs with Burundi president adviser
Grand Renaissance Dam - AFP

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Monday with Mohamed Rukara, the special adviser to Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, and the parties discussed mutual issues concerning the Nile River.

President Sisi said that Egypt understands the development needs of the Nile Basin countries, however Egypt’s water requirements should be recognized as well, according to a presidential statement.

Also present at the meeting were Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shokry and the Burundian ambassador in Egypt.

Several talks were held earlier between the Egyptian government and the Nile Basin countries, regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Nile river.

Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy participated earlier February in the Nile Basin Countries Extraordinary Summit in Khartoum.

He 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. “We are willing to solve any old problems or differences in views especially with Sudan or any other African country.”

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