Khartoum — The Sudanese and Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Eng. Osama Abdulla and Dr Mohamed Bahaa-Eddin, held session of talks in presence of experts from both sides to confer on some issues pertinent to the stance of the two countries from the outcomes of the ministerial meeting of the Nile Basin Initiative, held in Kigali on 5 July 2012 as well as the preparation for the exceptional ministerial meeting of the Nile Basin next September.
The two sides further exchanged points of views on the issues of the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) and reviewed the preparations to participate in the World Water Week, scheduled to be held in Stockholm in the last week of the current month. The meeting also touched on the situation of the flood of the current season as well as the preparations of Sudan and Egypt to ward off the impacts of Nile floods.
The two sides expressed sincere intention to cooperate with the countries of the Nile Basin and commended the cooperative spirit on the Millennium Dam Project of Ethiopia, saying that such cooperation is a starting point for more comprehensive cooperation among the three States.
Meanwhile, the two sides agreed to make use of the Consultations, due to be held as part of the World Water Week in Stockholm with the broader Water Community, in order to make success the extraordinary meeting in order to push forward the cooperation among the Nile Basin Countries.
The meeting further discussed means of continuing the work of the ENTRO. The two sides stressed the necessity of reaching into understandings to realize cooperation through the ENTRO as a framework for cooperation pending the achievement of a wider cooperation agreement including all the member States of the Nile State.