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February 2, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the Egyptian al-Wafd Party Sayed al-Badawi revealed on Sunday that Cairo and Khartoum agreed to deploy joint military patrols on the borders to curb the arms smuggling.

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FILE - Al-Sayed Al-Badawi (L), head of the Egyptian delegation which is on an official visit to Sudan, is welcomed by Sudan’s President Omar al- Bashir in Khartoum on May 7, 2011 (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/AP)

Badawi who spoke at a press conference in Cairo following a meeting with the Sudanese ambassador Kamal Hassan Ali praised cooperation and coordination between the two countries and Khartoum ’s desire to develop and improve the relationship and its continuing quest to support Egypt on various issues.

He said that Sudan represents a strategic dimension to Egypt from the south stressing the desire of the government and political parties for continued cooperation between the two countries.

The party chief dismissed what he called rumours about the position of the Sudan regarding Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam calling it unfounded adding that Sudan is always aligned with the people of Egypt.

The Sudanese envoy on his part said that his government is keen on addressing the contentious issues through dialogue and understanding including the border dispute over Halayeb and Shalateen areas, calling on the media to refrain from carrying sensational reports.

He said that the talk about Khartoum’s support for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group in Egypt and providing them with weapons through the southern borders is totally false.

Ali disclosed that Sudanese authorities previously offered Cairo forming a joint force of the two armies to protect their common borders and cracking down on arms smuggling.

On the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, he said that this issue requires a serious dialogue between the three countries until a solution is found that satisfies all parties stressing that Sudan will not take a position hostile to the water and national security of Egypt.

Sudan Tribune has learned that the Sudanese Irrigation Minister will travel to Cairo in the coming days to discuss the water issue.

Also Khartoum based Alray Alaam reported in its Monday’s edition that Sudanese defence minister Abdel Rahim Hussein will fly Tuesday to Cairo for talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdelfatah al-Sissi on border and joint security issues.

Egypt fears that the $4.6 billion hydropower plant, which Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, will diminish its share of the river’s water, arguing its historic water rights must be maintained.

Ethiopia is the source of around 85% of the Nile’s water, mainly through rainfall in its highlands. Over 90% of Egyptians rely on water from the Nile’s flows.

Last June, a panel of international experts who were tasked by the three countries to study the impacts of the Ethiopian dam on lower riparian countries, including Sudan and Egypt, found that the dam project will not cause significant harm to either country.

Cairo remains unconvinced and has sought further studies and consultation with Khartoum and Addis Ababa.

Sudan, however, has accepted the final findings and offered to send experts and technicians to help in the dam’s construction, a move welcomed by Ethiopia.

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  • 3 February 2014 10:54, by Tutbol

    "Egypt fears that the $4.6 billion hydropower plant, which Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, will diminish its share of the river’s water, arguing its historic water rights must be maintained"
    Egypt doesn’t to be playing the Europe & America games that if you have big toys, then you are entitled to everybody else things....

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    • 3 February 2014 11:10, by Tutbol

      the Nile waters need a very careful dialogue between the Upper nile states & Egypt. Than Egypt attitude of continues, the threat of military power. If Egypt continues to stick to those obsolete foreign powers deals’ treaties. Egypt will not any where lose very badly with those obsolete foreign treaties....

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      • 3 February 2014 11:22, by Tutbol

        Dialogue is the Key. No Upper state want Egypt to dry-up, but they also don’t want foreign treaties to be imposed upon them. Those foreign countries who think they care more about Egypt than the Upper Nilotics countries can just *build a desalination plants* to cater for the Egyptian growing population needs. Than always sell their silly fairytale that Egypt must always own much of the Nile...

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        • 3 February 2014 11:40, by Tutbol

          water. Who doesn’t need the Nile water? Some parts of Western Kenya right up to Massai plains, Northern & North Eastern kenya need more Nile water, some parts of Eastern Equartoria, Jonglei state need more Nile water, some parts of the Greater Bhar el Gazelle plains needs more Nile water, almost all of Ethiopia apart from the Ethiopian highlands need more Nile water. Al the whole of N Sudan apart.

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          • 3 February 2014 11:48, by Tutbol

            Southern Khordupan, Southern Blue Nile & a little of Central N Sudan need more Nile water. So Egyptians & those tell them lies that Nile waters belong to them, first have to study geography of those want the Nile waters than always sticking to foreign treaties that no one a party to when they were signed. dialogues & dialogues over the use of the Nile water is the key & everybody would be a winner

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    • 3 February 2014 17:42, by Johndumo14

      There are over 60 tribes in south sudan,but the Nuer think that they are worrior and the other tribes are cowards,Dr Riek Machar and his Nuer generals rebelled against the government,without knowing the BACK FIRE!!
      Look now who is the looser? Even if he comes back to join the government,people have no trust in him even the Nuer civilians,he has betrayed the Nuer people in long run!!!

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