Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Aati speaks during an open dialogue on GERD on Saturday. Supreme Council for Media Regulation
Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Aati said the state is ready to deal with any emergency in the water sector, adding that his ministry secures the delivery of water to citizens.
Abdel-Aati added that his ministry identifies the rainfall areas via satellites and how water would move towards the dams so as to make the best use of each drop of water.
The minister made the remarks during an open dialogue organized by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) on means of managing Egypt’s water resources amid the water challenges.
Abdel-Aati said his ministry exerts great efforts to manage water resources coming from outside the country to guarantee optimizing the use of each drop of water to close the water gap.
The modern irrigation methods have positive effect on farmers in terms of productivity and living standards, he said.
The minister pointed out to the positive effect of the canal lining project, highlighting its great importance in delivering water to the end of canals.
Attending the open dialogue, head of the SCMR Karam Gabr said Egypt would never get thirsty, noting that Cairo would never give up its historical rights to the River Nile water.
Egypt’s rights are preserved, he said, adding that the state has the right of legitimate defense in case its water rights are endangered.
Gabr said Egyptians should be confident that their president, who managed to eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood group, would be able to introduce all possible solutions to protect Egypt’s historical rights in the Nile River water.
He pointed out to the important role of media in this stage to mobilize Egyptian society to support the political leadership.
The Ethiopian people have the right to development but without harming the historical rights of Egypt and Sudan in the River Nile, he said, adding that there is great Arab support for Egypt and Sudan in this file.