Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Motaleb on Tuesday 10/9/2013 asserted keenness to preserve Egypt’s right in the Nile River.
Without the Nile River there is no Egyptian state, Abdel-Motaleb said, adding that “95% of our water resources come from the Nile River.”
Speaking to reporters, the minister said that rapprochement with Nile Basin Countries is a strategic target for Cairo.
The Egyptian government keeps a close eye on the Renaissance Dam construction that is being built by Ethiopia, Abdel-Motaleb said.
He also noted that Cairo is working on holding a meeting with Ethiopian and Sudanese officials to discuss the side effects of the dam and possible means to erase such effects on Egypt.
Egypt has detailed studies on the resumption of work on the Jonglei Canal to save up to 540 billion cubic meters of water coming from Bahr el Ghazal River in the new state of South Sudan, the minister added.