5 November 2012

Egypt Attends Nile Basin Countries Ministerial Meeting

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Bahaa Eddin arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday to participate in a meeting for Eastern Nile Basin countries which includes Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Bahaa Eldin said in a statement upon his arrival that his visit to Ethiopia aims at creating a mechanism for cooperation between the Eastern countries of the Nile Basin, reported The Middle East News Agency.

"The meeting of technical experts will begin later today. It will be followed by the meeting of ministers of Water and Irrigation of the three counties on Tuesday", He explained.

The meeting comes in the framework of celebrating 10 years of establishment of the technical bureau of the East Nile projects. The countries will discuss an initiative that includes new mechanisms for the implementation of joint projects benefiting all Nile Basin countries.

Ethiopia declared in February 2011 that it plans to build "Grand Renaissance Dam" on the Blue Nile in order to generate hydropower.The Blue Nile is the main stream for the Nile River.

This decision sparked extensive arguments considering how that would affect Egypt's share of the Nile water.

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