Egypt looks to build closer ties with Ethiopia

Ahram Online , Thursday 21 Apr 2011

Egypt's Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation expresses its hopes for new relations with Ethiopia while seeking clarification on the possible affects of the Millennium Dam project

Egypt’s Ministry of Water and Resources announced today that it wishes to open a new page in Egyptian-Ethiopian relations based on good will and the intention of improving cooperation around mutually advantageous developmental projects.

A spokesperson for the ministry said Egypt, in line with accepted legal practice, has officially requested from the Ehtiopians all information related to the proposed "Millennium Dam" on the Blue Nile so that Egypt can study its effects on the nature of the Nile and downstream countries.

He added that Egypt’s final position on the dam will be determined by its affect on Egypt's water quota. The spokesperson went on to add that Egypt hopes Ethiopia will prove receptive to its initiative for building new relations based on transparency.

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