Egypt reached out to Kenya for a better deal over the use of the Nile in exchange for improved trade between the two countries.
On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was in the country for a one-day visit, said he was in Kenya to seek ways of improving trade and promised to extend the same towards fair use of the waters of the world’s longest river.
“Egypt and Kenya are bound together by the common artery of the River Nile and a long history of productive cooperation,” he said during a joint press conference with his host President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We will support development in the Nile Basin countries to optimise the use of this large Nile for the good of the Nile basin countries in general.”
The current approach by the Egyptians differs from that of the time of Hosni Mubarak who promised to protect the waters of the Nile at all costs including using military intervention.
In fact the meeting between the two leaders in Nairobi was historic: The last time a sitting Egyptian president, Mubarak, visited Nairobi was in 1984.