Amr Moussa on secret visit to Ethiopia reportedly to discuss Nile water quotas dispute

July 21, 2010

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has made a secret visit to Ethiopia, a Qatari daily has reported.

The paper attributed the information to sources it did not name, but said that the secretary general’s visit was likely linked to an international dispute over Nile water shares.

The Nile, the world’s longest river, is Egypt’s lifeline, supplying it with more than 95 per cent of its needs.

Egypt became particularly alarmed in May when Ethiopia and other countries on the White and Blue Nile said that they wanted to raise their quotas of the river waters to implement hydropower and irrigation projects.

“Sources at the Arab League refused to comment on the visit, but said that the secretary general was going to France on vacation and that he would be flying afterwards to Kampala, Uganda, to attend the African summit next week,” Al Raya said.

According to the paper, Moussa did not wish to interfere in the crisis and confines his moves to calls to reinforcing relations with Africa through Arab-African summits.

Experts believe that population explosion and water waste are Egypt’s major problems.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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