Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

9 November 2012

Egypt and the Sudan Agree to Resume Participation in EN-COM

Egypt and the Republic of the Sudan have agreed to resume participation in the activities of the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO), one of the three centers of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI).

The decision came at the meeting of the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers (EN-COM) meeting earlier this week in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia, current Chair of EN-COM had invited the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Sudan to discuss the problems of ENTRO following the Sudan and Egypt's suspension of participation after the upper riparian Nile countries had signed the Cooperative Framework Agreement in May 2010.

The EN-COM meeting was preceded by a daylong meeting of the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program (ENSAP). The EN-COM meeting also agreed to consider the membership of the Republic of South Sudan in ENSAP/ENTRO. South Sudan, which is already a member of the NBI, attended this week's meeting as an observer.

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