CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) --
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Monday that he would
not allow the state to be hit by a water shortage crisis, official Ahram Online
Sisi made the comments as he announced the construction of
Egypt’s biggest water treatment and desalination project, at a cost of almost 70
billion pounds (3.96 billion U.S. dollars).
"We won’t allow a water-shortage crisis to occur in Egypt. We have not only
to keep our share of the Nile, but also to use our share to the maximum," he
Egypt is currently carrying out the biggest water treatment and desalination
project, just in case of any circumstances concerning the sharing of water, Sisi
"This is not for luxury but to resolve a possible situation," he said, adding
that he did not want to elaborate more.
Egypt has expressed concerns over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
(GERD) project, saying it will affect Egypt’s share of Nile River water, a claim
rejected by Ethiopia.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been involved in talks for the past three
years concerning the dam and its effect on the downstream countries.
The Nile River is the main source of fresh water in Egypt.
Sisi said that the government started implementing the water treatment and
desalination project three months ago.
"This is our country, and water for agriculture and drinking must be secured
for citizens from Aswan to Alexandria, so that no problem will occur later and
we say that we are not ready for it," he added.