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Nairobi, February 07, 2006

President Mwai Kibaki poses for a photograph with the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister, H.E Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Left) and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zeid when they paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.
President in talks with Egyptian Ministers

Kenya and Egypt today endorsed the on going negotiations on the river Nile as the best way in solving any issues arising out of the use of the waters of the Nile.

At talks held at State House Nairobi today between President Mwai Kibaki and Egyptian Ministers for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Aboul Gheit and that of Water Resources and Irrigation Dr. Mahmoud Hegazy it was agreed that the talks under the Nile basin Initiative should be speeded up.

"This will enable all countries using the waters of river Nile to continue with development programmes unimpeded," they noted.

President Kibaki briefed the two ministers on the famine situation in Kenya, noting that it was affecting other regions of the country as the drought continues to spread.

" I would like to appeal to Egypt and the international community in general to help especially in alleviating the water shortages so that we can stop the human and livestock suffering," the President said.

The President said the problem was compounded by the logistics of distribution of food and water. He however acknowledged Egypt's assistance in the construction of more than 126 boreholes in the semi arid and arid areas.

In response Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit who is also President Hosni Mubaraka's special envoy expressed Egypt's willingness to assist adding they would discuss the details later with the Minister for Water Mr. Mutua Katuka who was present.

The Egyptian Minister indicated that the Nile basin initiative had vision and programmes to address similar programmes adding they will be dealing with the problem more substantively in that forum.

On other bilateral matters, Mr. Gheit said Egypt would explore the possibility of importing beef from Kenya.

President Kibaki commended such a collaborative venture and assured him that the Kenya had abundance of meat that could be exported to the outside markets.

President Kibaki further said Egypt and Kenya could collaborate in research activities and invited Egyptian researchers to share their experiences with their Kenyan counterparts.

Also present was the Minister for Foreign Affairs Raphael Tuju, Permanent Secretaries Boaz Mbaya for Foreign Affairs and Mahboub Mohammed Maalim for Water.




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