- Egypt officially requested a visit.
Egypt expressed its willingness to participate in the Millennium dam that Ethiopia plans to build on the Nile River, said Ambassador Mona Omar, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs on Saturday that Egypt would like to participate as long as there is no damage from a dam on Egypt’s quota of water. According to the arabic news site Ambassador Mona explained that Egypt does not worry about the dams, but their impact on reducing the water coming to Egypt from the Nile Basin countries.
Mean while Essam Sharaf Prime Minister of Egypt to tour Africa next May, including Ethiopia, Uganda and Congo to discuss in the framework of Egypt government policy attention for Africa and the protection of Egyptian interests.
Ambassador Mona Omar explained that the visit aims to open a new page of relations based on cooperation and understanding of the needs of each country and establish a base of mutual trust between Egypt and these countries.
The visit to Ethiopia in honor of the timing of the planned Israeli President Shimon Peres to visit Ethiopia, Ghana for the first time to discuss the differences with the Nile Basin countries.
In the mean time Ministry of foreign affairs of Ethiopia spokes person Dina Mufti told reporters Egypt delegation led by Prime minister Essam Sharaf requested a visit officially but we are studying at this time for answer.
Egypt known for preventing any loan from other countries that can be used to build dams in Ethiopia over the Nile River.