President El Sisi of Egypt called on the leaders of Nile Basin countries to adopt a joint view based on the common interests of their nations instead of divisions. He added that the countries of the Nile Basin share a common interest, which is to maximise the benefits from natural and human resources. “Our common interests are greater and more important than any differences that have tied us down for decades,” El-Sisi said. He noted that now, more than ever, Nile Basin countries need to cooperate to achieve sustainable development. Egypt is reportedly suggesting a new document to manage the Nile waters, to be an alternative of the CFA. It is said that Egypt’s document will include the governing principles of managing the Nile River based on the international law of international rivers for instance the fair and equitable use of water and harmlessness.
Prior to the summit, the technical team from 11 member states met to discuss critical issues on the use of the River Nile. The technical team’s discussion was necessary for reaching consensus on minutes that were to be presented to the ministers’ meeting on the eve of the summit. The ministers’ meeting was expected to reach consensus on a number of issues before forwarding them to the heads of state and government of the Nile Basin Initiative who met on 22nd June. An impeccable source intimated to The London Evening Post that during a closed door ministerial meeting, the Egyptian delegation walked out in protest after other members failed to reach consensus. They were protesting against the ministers’ failures to reach consensus on every issue before making the final draft to present to the Presidents. The next summit is scheduled to take place in Burundi.