World Bulletin / News Desk
An Ethiopian expert delegation arrived in Cairo Friday to attend a training course, security sources said.
The nine-strong delegation, from the ministry of water resources and irrigation, will attend the course in the field of water resources and irrigation, sources at Cairo International Airport said.
The visit comes amid tension between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s plans to build a multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam on the upper reaches of the Nile River – Egypt’s main source of water.
The controversial project raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, which fears a reduction of its traditional share of Nile water.
Water distribution among the states of the Nile Basin has long been based on a colonial-era agreement granting Egypt and Sudan the lion’s share of the river’s water.
Ethiopia, for its part, is determined to build a series of dams in order to generate electricity, both for local consumption and export.
Addis Ababa insists the new dam will benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, which will be invited to purchase electricity thus generated.