Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi said that Egypt gives high priority to reinforcing the relations with Nile Basin countries.
In statements on the sidelines of his current visit to Burundi on Tuesday 22/10/2013, Fahmi said "No party could solve its own problems at the expense of another, no Nile Basin country could achieve its goals without achieving the goals of the other party."
Asked about the importance of his current African tour as for Egypt's Nile water quota, Fahmi said any dialogue between Egypt and any Nile Basin country addresses the Nile water issue, underlining that he discussed this matter with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa during their meetings on Monday 21/10/2013. He added that they shared identical views on the need to find innovative solutions to any problem related to this matter away from conflict.
Talks with officials in Uganda and Burundi focus on how to build a better future on the basis of what is coming, Fahmi said, stressing the need not to waste time in a debate on what happened in the past.
He further stressed that Egypt's needs of water are more than the quantity of water available to it and even exceed its historic rights over Nile water.
He concluded by stressing the need to focus on urgent matters, like the Middle East peace process, the repercussions of the Syrian crisis and water-related issues, in the coming period.