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Presidency will not allow meddling in Egypt’s share of Nile water

President Morsi discusses all options for dealing with Ethiopian dam with foreign and water ministers as well as security, defence and intelligence chiefs

Presidency: Egypt will not allow any meddling in its historical rights to a certain share of Nile water
Presidency: Egypt will not allow any meddling in its historical rights to a certain share of Nile water

At a Thursday afternoon press conference held at the presidential palace, presidential spokesman Ehab Fahmy said the president would not allow any change in Egypt’s share of Nile water supply.

“Egypt will not allow any meddling in its historical rights to a certain share of Nile water. We are in constant communication with the Ethiopian side in order to reach an agreement that protects the interests of both the Ethiopian and Egyptian people,” added Fahmy.

However, Egypt does not oppose or stand in the way of any developmental projects in Africa as long as it does not affect Egyptian national security, he said, adding that Morsi is keen on ensuring successful cooperation with all African nations on the water issue.

President Mohamed Morsi’s meeting with the foreign and water supply ministers discussed the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam project “from all perspectives, as it is a matter of national security”, his spokesman said.

In addition to meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kamel Amr and Minister of Irrigation and Water Supply Mohamed Bahaa Al-Din, the president also met with the interior and defence ministers and the intelligence services chief.

“The meeting discussed the latest developments in Sinai and how best to rid it of criminals and terrorists, but the Ethiopian dam was also on the agenda and all options in dealing with it were discussed,” Fahmy said.

The Ethiopian government announced on Tuesday it was beginning to divert the water from the Blue Nile ahead of construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam.

A number of concerns have been raised by Sudan and Egypt regarding the Grand Renaissance Dam since the start of its construction in April 2011. Egypt sent a delegation to Ethiopia in 2011 to inspect the site and the plans for the dam in order to ensure water allocation will not be affected.

In April this year, the head of the Fisheries Authority, Amani Ismail, expressed concern over the building of the dam, claiming it would cause Egypt and Sudan to lose out on 18 million cubic metres of water and reduce the electricity produced by the Aswan Dam by approximately 25 to 30%.

Egypt has long received the largest share of the water from the Nile, as per agreements signed in 1929 and 1959, which guaranteed Egypt 55.5 billion cubic metres annually of the estimated total of 84 billion cubic metres of Nile water produced each year.

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  • dave smith

    Africans have been suffering too much due to lack of clean water even though they are the sources of The Nile.

    America is a supper power, they still pay for Canadians’ water (specifically for Colombia river). South Africa is a big country, she still pays for Lesotho’s water.

    Egypt intention to use the Nile water in the expense of Africans shows that their absolute ignorance ans selfishness. Egypt need to understand that water is a natural resources for Africans as Oil and gas is for Egypt.

    The solution is a win win situations: we pay for their oil and gas, they need to do the same for our water; and no more interfering in African politics.

    About Egyptians population growth: they need to learn a family planning; and stop a dream to use African resources’ without any cost.

  • Lee

    “Meddling” in Egypt’s share of the Nile water? Ethiopia is only using its water resources, not Egypt’s. Egypt seems like it is doing the meddling. Ethiopia is a sovereign country. You can’t direct how they use their resources. I could say more on this issue but the depth of stupidity coming from some Egyptian officials is exhausting.

  • Gidey

    We are Ethiopians. Nile is our great natural resource. We can construct, build, share our Nile as far as Nile is important for us. Egypt is Egypt and we are Ethiopians. We have strong heart and hot blood to defend any forceful action over Ethiopia. No way Egypt governments ! You are too late! We will build and use our Nile. Our strategy is indispensable for African development and for Egyptian people too.

  • Daniel

    We are only interested to use the water for electricity generating purposes. I wonder what the Egypt government will say if we want use for irrigation too.

  • Billy_Addis

    What is wrong with your Egyptian politicians their is excess water that flows to the Mediterranean sea. Close the Swiss Canal ehehehe ! Or go to war that costs you more than 100 Aswan dam.

  • Biruk

    “egypt’s share?!”…who decides the share?! Egypt and the colonial powers?! Come on guys!! This is 21 century. Play it proffesionaly. I don’t think things will be the same again. Negotiate.

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