River Nile should bringing us together not separating us- Min Mohammed Amr

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By Hussein Muleefu

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania- Egypt and Tanzania have jointly called for a meeting of Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) member countries to discuss and find solutions to impending problems. The meeting will focus on finding out how each country could benefit from the resources without jeopardising interests of other members.

This was discussed at the Tanzanian State House on Wednesday during a visit by Egyptian Foreign Affairs minister Mohamed Tamel Amr. The talks between the two were also attended by the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe.

They said that there should be an amicable agreement on the proper use of the Nile water by all member states.
For his part, President Kikwete told Amr of his personal efforts to lure heads of some NBI member countries to attend the planned meeting in person.

However, the agreement on when or where the meeting would be held has not been reached yet.
Minister Amr told his host that it was important that NBI member states agree on modalities for the use of River Nile waters.

“River Nile and its water should be something that brings us together, rather than separating us,” he said.
The two leaders also agreed on the need to improve investment between their two countries, especially in agriculture and proper water management.

“There are many areas where we can work together and one of the areas is agriculture where Egypt has made strides, especially in vegetable and fruit farming. The country also has better water use technology that boosts agriculture as well,” said President Kikwete.

Giving a personal testimony, President Kikwete said when he visited the country he saw how little water could be used in modern agriculture even in the desert.

He added: “Egypt also has extensive experience in the use of ground water… we can also cooperate in that area.”

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