Nile nations hold water talks
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Cairo - Officials from 10 African nations have begun the latest round of discussions on a long delayed new agreement for sharing water from the Nile amid sharp differences over Egypt's quota of the river.
The Nile basin countries have failed for years now to agree on the Nile River Co-operative Framework Agreement to administer the longest river in the world.
Ahead of Tuesday's discussions, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohammed Nasreddin Allam insisted that Egypt should maintain its share of 55.5 billion cubic meters of water from the river.
Egypt also wants veto power over any new irrigation projects undertaken by the other nine riparian states.
The Sub-Saharan African states have rejected the clause and called for the signing of the agreement.
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