Egypt, Sudan vow to cooperate as Ethiopia builds Nile dam

Egypt, Sudan vow to cooperate as Ethiopia builds Nile dam

By Associated Press March 19 , 2018

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, shakes hands with Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir at Cairo Airport, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, March 19, 2018. The two countries look to repair ties that were recently frayed over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia. At a joint press conference Monday, al-Bashir and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed to cooperate in managing the effects of the dam, which Egypt fears will cut into its share of the river. (Mohammed Samaha/MENA via AP) (Associated Press)

CAIRO (Washington Post) — Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir met his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo on Monday, as the two countries look to repair ties that were recently frayed over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia.

At a joint press conference, al-Bashir and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed to cooperate in managing the effects of the dam, which Egypt fears will cut into its share of the river. The Nile provides virtually all of Egypt’s freshwater, serving as a lifeline for the country’s 100 million people.

Tensions had risen in recent months, when Sudan appeared to take Ethiopia’s side in the dam negotiations and revived a longstanding border dispute with Egypt. Ethiopia has vowed to go ahead with the dam despite Egypt’s concerns, saying it is vital for the east African country’s development.