Battle for Nile waters spills over to East African capitals

A local sailboat, known as faluka, sails in the River Nile on the outskirts of Cairo on May 18, 2010. FILE PHOTO | KHALED DESOUKI |

What you need to know:

  • The tussle, which kicked off two weeks ago, represents the latest haggling over the use of the Nile waters, a perennial discussion that has lasted 60 years.
  • Sources said Ethiopia was tapping this grievance to seek support from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and other countries in the Nile basin affected by the old treaty.
  • President Kenyatta’s call with the Egyptian leader had followed a cancellation of a trip by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Kenya has been thrust into the competing interests of Ethiopia and Egypt, who are jostling for regional support for a decisive agreement on a dam being built on the Nile.

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