President of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan meeting on Sunday with Egypt's Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Hani Sewilam. Egyptian Cabinet
Al-Burhan stressed the necessity to continue convening the joint Egyptian-Sudanese Technical Authority for Nile Water and overcome all obstacles facing it to enable it to play its role to achieve the interests of both nations' people.
Sewilam, who arrived in Khartoum on Saturday in his first visit to Sudan since his appointment in August, said Egypt has always been committed to the 1959 Nile water agreement between the two countries as the basis for technical cooperation through the joint authority.
The joint authority resumed its meetings in October after a four-year hiatus.
The body plays a crucial role in exchanging data from measurement stations in Egypt and Sudan in a way that helps the governments of both countries manage Nile water resources effectively.
It also ensures integrated coordination and cooperation in exchanging data and measurements to assist in the hydrological studies of the Nile.
In Sunday’s meeting, Sewilam stressed the importance of continuing to hold periodic meetings to discuss all technical issues of common interest between the two countries related to the Nile River, according to a statement by the Egyptian irrigation ministry.
Sewilam also noted that Egypt is keen to increase overall cooperation with Sudan, including the facilitation of the movement of people and goods and other strategic projects.
"Egypt has huge interest in implementing strategic projects with Sudan such as power linkage, increasing the capacity of the transport lines and railway connectivity, as well as developing the port of Wadi Halfa," the statement quoted Sweilam as saying.
Egypt and Sudan’s electricity grids were officially linked in April 2020 at a voltage of 220 KV.
In 2019, a 100 km electricity line between the two countries was completed.
Moreover, preliminary studies on the a new railway line between Egypt to Sudan were completed in February 2022.