Sisi Hopes Nile Project with Ethiopia Will Not Be Politicized

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Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi hoped on Tuesday that Nile dam project with Ethiopia will not exploited for political purposes.

He told reporters that he has seen “positive signs” from Ethiopia’s government in this regard.

He added that Cairo wants “formal agreements” that Ethiopia will not reduce Egypt’s share of the Nile during the filling of what will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam.

“We need to turn Ethiopia’s goodwill into formal agreements,” he stressed.

Egypt fears the $4.8 billion dam could reduce its share of the Nile River, which provides virtually all its freshwater. Ethiopia says it needs the dam for its economic development.

The two have been at odds over how quickly the reservoir behind the dam will be filled and the impact it would have on Egypt’s share of the Nile.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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