Congo confirms it will not sign Entebbe Nile water agreement

Mona Omar, assistant to the minister for African affairs, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that on Wednesday she concluded a visit to the Congolese capital Kinshasa. During the visit she delivered a message from Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, to Congolese President Jospeh Kabila.

Omar said the message stressed the importance of relations with Congo, promised cooperation in all fields and praised the Congolese government’s decision not to sign the Entebbe Framework Agreement which redistributes Nile water to the detriment of Egypt's share. It was signed in May 2010 by five upstream states, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, but rejected at the time by both Sudan and Egypt.

Omar said she met with several Congolese officials, including the ministers of foreign affairs, water, and international cooperation, as well as the president’s sister.

Omar added that the Congolese foreign minister confirmed that his country will not sign the Entebbe Framework Agreement. She said the minister emphasized that Egypt and the Congo share the same interests, adding that this is the position adopted by the Congolese state and will not change when officials in the government do.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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