Egypt, Sudan to attend January Nile Basin extraordinary meeting in Kenya
The Egyptian minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr. Mohamed Nasr El Din Allam, said in press remarks on Friday that the decision was taken after talks with Salah Yusuf the Sudanese state minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, who is currently on a visit to Cairo.
Allam noted that it had been agreed between the Egyptian and Sudanese sides to unite their vision between upon considering the points of disagreement in the Framework agreement, which prevented Egypt and Sudan from signing it.
Several donors are due to take part in the extraordinary meeting to be held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Nile Basin Initiative member countries are Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Cong.
Ethiopia built five huge dams on the Nile in the last decade.
Based on 1929 and 1959 colonial agreements, Egypt is entitled to the lion’s share of the Nile’s total flow of around 84 billion cubic meters i.e. 55.5 billion cubic meters of water per annum (75%) . Sudan is entitled to 18.5 billion cubic metres (11%) while seven upstream countries share the 14%.
Since May, Nile Basin countries Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya signed a new deal to share Nile waters.
Sudan and Egypt rejected the deal while DR Congo and Burundi have so far not signed the deal.
The new agreement will reduce Egypt and Sudan’s right to use more than 85% of the water.