Egypt’s firmly committed to cross-border cooperation on water issues

CAIRO, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi affirmed on Sunday that his country strongly believes in cross-border cooperation on water issues and calls for non-exploitation of water issues politically.

This came in a statement by the Spokesman for the Presidency Bassam Rady after the meeting of President Al-Sisi with heads of delegations of countries participating in the activities of the “First Cairo Water Week” held under his auspices.

Al-Sisi stressed Egypt’s keenness to organize this event to raise awareness of water issues and to promote innovations to meet the urgent water challenges.

The President expressed his country’s aspiration to enhance joint cooperation in this field and to use its available resources to support coordination and exchange of experiences with various countries in the world, especially in the field of capacity building and training courses, as well as projects to improve the utilization of available water resources.

He assured keenness to strengthen cooperation and coordination with the Nile Basin countries as vital and indispensable to achieve mutual benefit without harming the interests of the other in order to preserve the sustainability of the Nile River.

Al-Sisi reviewed the Egyptian efforts in the field of rationalization of water consumption through a number of major projects such as the construction of water treatment plants, “which is the largest in the world.” For their part, the heads of delegations expressed their sincere thanks to Egypt for organizing this event, which includes many events that bring together officials and experts in this field.

The first Cairo Water Week was held in cooperation with international partners, several organizations, and a number of ministers, senior officials and experts from around the world to discuss water issues.

Source: Kuwait News Agency