U.S. water coordinator arrives to Egypt from Ethiopia

Special Coordinator for Water Resources at the U.S. Department of State Aaron Salzberg arrived in Cairo on Saturday from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Special Coordinator for Water Resources at the U.S. Department of State Aaron Salzberg arrived in Cairo on Saturday from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

CAIRO – Special Coordinator for Water Resources at the U.S. Department of State Aaron Salzberg arrived in Cairo on Saturday from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Salzberg is expected to stay in Egypt for two days as part of a regional tour that will also take him to Sudan.

The U.S. coordinator met with Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi to discuss means of boosting cooperation between the Nile Basin countries, a Foreign Ministry official told Anadolu Agency.

Relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa soured last year over Ethiopia's plans to build a $6.4-billion hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, which represents Egypt's primary water source.

The project has raised alarm bells in Egypt, which fears a reduction of its historical share of Nile water.

Water distribution among Nile basin states has long been regulated by a colonial-era treaty giving Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of river water.

Ethiopia, for its part, says it has never recognized the treaty.

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