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Sudan’s Bashir visits Egypt, confirms “identical position” on Nile Water dispute


September 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir arrived in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday and reaffirmed during talks with his counterpart Mohammed Morsi the “identical position” of the two neighbors with regards to the dispute over Nile Water rights.

In this image released by the Egyptian President, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, meets with Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

Al-Bashir arrived at Cairo International Airport on Sunday’s afternoon and was welcomed by Egyptian Vice-President Mahmoud Makki. He later held a summit with Mohammed Mursi and discussed various issues related to bilateral relations as reported by official media on both sides.

According to the spokesperson of the Egyptian presidency, Yasir Ali, the summit of Al-Bashir and Morsi touched on the subject of the Nile water shares.

In a press conference on Sunday, Ali said that the summit confirmed that the “position of Khartoum and Cairo regarding the Nile Basin crisis is identical”

Sudan and Egypt share opposition to attempts by the Nile Basin’s upstream nations especially Ethiopia to alter Nile water shares as dictated by colonial-era treaties which give Cairo the bulk of Africa’s longest river flow.

Ali stressed that the issue of the Nile Water is “an Egyptian national security issue”

He added that details of what was agreed in the summit would be announced in a joint statement at the end of the Sudanese delegation’s visit on Monday.

Sudan official news agency, SUNA, reported that the talks between Al-Bashir and Morsi focused on ways of advancing bilateral relations but made no specific mention of the Nile water issue.

Al-Bashir’s current visit to Egypt is his first since the election of Mohammed Morsi who represents the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in June this year.

Egypt ignored calls by Amnesty International, (AI), an advocacy group, to arrest Al-Bashir against the background of the warrants issued for his arrest by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide he allegedly masterminded in his country’s western region of Darfur.

Al-Bashir and his delegation attended a dinner reception organized on Sunday by the Sudanese embassy in Cairo. The occasion was also attended by a host of dignitaries including the general guide of MB Mohammed Badi and leader of Sudan’s ex-opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Mohammed Osman Al-Mirghani as well as Egypt’s former Secretary General of the Arab League Amru Mosa.

But the leader of the Egyptian opposition Ghad Al-Thawra party, Ayman Nour, said he declined an invitation to attend the dinner citing “respect for Sudanese people”

Speaking in a phone interview with Al-Mehwar Egyptian TV station, Nour said that Al-Bashir visit must be viewed in light of the accusations that much blood has been spilled in Sudan in recent years due to his policies.

Addressing the dinner reception, Al-Bashir said that the relations between Egypt and Sudan are yet to reach the desired level. He revealed that the upcoming days will witness activation of a number of bilateral agreements including the “Four Freedoms” accord as well as the signing of new agreements in the fields of agriculture, investment and animal resources.

He pointed out that the joint ministerial committee between the two countries is due to hold a meeting in Khartoum at the end of this week and will draw up a roadmap for achieving greater cooperation between the two nations.

Khartoum and Cairo signed the four freedoms in 2004 but the deal which allows citizens of each state the freedom to move, stay, work and earn property in the other is yet to be fully implemented.


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  • 17 September 2012 10:59, by Eastern

    Let’s see how far you fellows will go with this. South Sudan was not part of this anciant agreement and therefore is NOT BOUNT by it. We are free to use the Nikle water for irrigation and hydro power development. TO HELL with Egyptian scholarships aimed at brainwashing South Sudanese. These scholarships attract South Sudanese to third grade Egyptian universities. WE SHALL use Nile unrestricted!!

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    • 17 September 2012 12:33, by mohammed ali

      Eastern, fortunately or unfortuntely the white nile contribute only to 14% to the total water dlivered to Sudan.It will take ages for SS to have real programes to benifit from the nile water.This is also is governed by international law.You should have concidered these factors before unnecessary vomiting your hatred!

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      • 17 September 2012 12:52, by zulu

        Mohamed, That is not wisdom talking.

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      • 17 September 2012 13:28, by Eastern

        By ages you mean how long. Your baised when dealing with government of South Sudan. You refer to ’international law’ what does this law say about South Sudan in relation to the Nile water agreement. There is no law baring South Sudan using the Nile water for your information. 14% or less, South Sudan will use the Nile water for its benefits. Uganda will shock you further. Watch this space!!

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      • 17 September 2012 14:27, by Chol

        Mohammed Ali, South-Sudanese hate liars like you! Do you remember Observer? Observer is one of the members on this site, I don’t think, you ever seen anyone from South-Sudan saying something bad or hate him, because he is a man of integrity, he tells the truth the way he sees it. He is a Sudanese just like you’re. Remember, South-Sudanese hate liars not truth tellers.

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      • 17 September 2012 19:55, by Ruach

        North Sudanese and Egyptians will drink their urine will be found dead when the mighty South Sudan will restrict the random flow of Nile water.Ethiopia ’s Blue Nile is already closed and the muslim terrorists will starve.Death to them and their Devil mohamed!!!

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  • 17 September 2012 10:59, by NO PEACE

    people, i think AL-Bashir will not come back to khartuom.
    ICC are you there?

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  • 17 September 2012 11:43, by Tutbol

    Arabs have been thinking all along that they have more rights than other people, the European deluded them any way while they kept the less lighter skins as godless. We in the Sudan have Arabs in check since, we are taken as people bound to extinction and so arabs are percieve more humans than the natives. But we the humble natives know who are really more humans. The Nile is Sudanese river fulsto

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  • 17 September 2012 12:10, by eye-of-an-eye

    Ayman Nour was right for ignoring vempires dinner, he cares more about the future&life of Sudanese, if South Sudan going to divert nile water to Isreal how thse pigs are going to survive since blue nile contribute less, is funy to comment this otherwise people like Jalaby will burst internally

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    • 17 September 2012 12:56, by zulu

      too bad the US is stopping military aid to egypt. Sudan has faulty mercenaries flying their fighter gets and planes which fall from the sky. these unreliable systems mount to defeat should they attempt fighting 7 other states. who will lose the battle?

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    • 17 September 2012 13:07, by Paul Ongee

      Before Al-Bashir left for Cairo, he said Halayib Triangle was on top of the Agenda to maintain good relations with Egypt. But after his return, he instructed his spokesperson to tell journalists at his residence as usual that "the issue of Halayib Triangle is again postponed”. He said what comes into his mind is only “Abyei” that belongs to South Sudan.

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  • 17 September 2012 16:25, by Mapuor

    New approach,new ideas and new thinking is needed in the issue of Nile water agreements.Poverty is much more pronounced in upstream countries and the underlying cause is not using the Nile water,poverty alleviation presupposes maximization of the use of Nile for food production with emphasis on large scale irrigation,this tends to harm downstream countries such as Sudan and Egypt.Just trade of

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  • 17 September 2012 16:26, by Mapuor

    New approach,new ideas and new thinking is needed in the issue of Nile water agreements.Poverty is much more pronounced in upstream countries and the underlying cause is not using the Nile water,poverty alleviation presupposes maximization of the use of Nile for food production with emphasis on large scale irrigation,this tends to harm downstream countries such as Sudan and Egypt.Just trade o

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  • 17 September 2012 21:54, by ViVa Sudan

    Wat gibberish you Southners talking about forget NILE & Sudan look at urself lowless ppl then talk don’t poke ur noze in our issues if u can’t feed ur ppl then why u took reponsibilty of Departing now pear the Consequences of ur own Decision ..

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    • 18 September 2012 16:47, by Ruach

      Virus!!You will drink your urine as we are nearly to close the Nile

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  • 18 September 2012 06:36, by peter

    Ethiopia the main contributor of Nile and other upstream countries has the legitimate right to use their water resource with unconditionally including the new nation of South Sudan. Sudan and Egypt they will get their hand, those country are in the edge of collapsing, thanks to God! Egypt is not considering American alliance these days that means no military aid. Ethiopia is doing many projects by

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  • 18 September 2012 07:39, by sudan african

    The idiot went to report to his husband/master. Sudan is being consumed by Egyptian policies, therefore they forget that they have their own citizens to worry about. Those Moran Muslims will never change anything, because they follow what their masters from Egypt tells them to do. They think they will meet the moran mohammed in Cairo, he is dead long time a go and he is not coming back you idiot.

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  • 18 September 2012 21:35, by panom lualbil

    While he was sanctioned but violated it,hell, he’ll face 40 yrs jail time. Egypyians wont play with ’CRIMINALS’ that why he was given a warning.

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  • 19 September 2012 14:30, by American Missile.

    Dear readers.
    President Omer Al-Bashir.
    He is discussing problems with Egypt President in term of Regional security, water, and clinching to power and encouraging South Sudan rebels Against its people.
    Political Analyst.
    Majok Akotdit

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