Egypt’s el-Sisi arrives for Nile basin summit

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Museveni receives President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt at State House Entebbe

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has arrived in Uganda to attend the Nile Basin Summit.

El-Sisi was received by President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe on Thursday morning.

The summit opened with a meeting of the Ministers of the Nile Basin Initiative Member States at Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo on Wednesday.

This meeting preceded the Summit that happens today, Thursday at State House Entebbe.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt at State House Entebbe

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is an intergovernmental partnership of 10 Nile Basin countries, namely Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Eritrea participates as an observer.

For the first time in the Basin’s history, an all-inclusive basin-wide institution was established, on 22nd February, 1999, to provide a forum for consultation and coordination among the Basin States for the sustainable management and development of the shared Nile Basin water and related resources for win-win benefits.

Negotiations between Uganda and its neighbours over an agreement on sharing River Nile waters resume this week in a bid to ensure that all Nile riparian states sign and ratify the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), also known as the Entebbe Agreement.

Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya signed the framework in 2010 while Burundi signed it in 2011.

Egypt and Sudan have to-date declined to sign the framework citing concerns about its reallocation of Nile water quotas and other provisions.

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is also expected at the summit over issues relating to Nile waters.

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