Egyptian who helped to topple Mubarek arrived at addis.

30 Apr

A 47-member Egyptian delegation has arrived in Addis Ababa to improve ties with Ethiopia after months of quarrelling over sharing of the Nile River water.

The delegation includes three presidential hopefuls and representatives of young people who helped topple president Hosni Mubarak.

Presidential hopefuls Hamdian Sabhy, Hisham Basetawsi and Bosayna Kamel, other key politicians and authors seek to convince Ethiopia to consider Egyptian interest in the Nile River.

In the mean time,

Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE) said Abay River, which contributes 62 percent for the Nile River, has strategic importance.

 In his opening speech at the National Conference on the Utilization of the Nile River, Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of MoWE, said that the river takes up 50 percent of the country’s surface water and has 40 percent hydropower potential and 30 percent irrigation development potential.

Ethiopia, which has some 12 rivers in its territory, is the biggest contributor (86 percent) to the Nile River, the longest river in the world. Abay, Baro Akobo, Tekeze and Mereb are the major tributaries of the Nile River.

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