YEMEN Press Agency

Ethiopia calls on Egypt, Sudan to pay the costs of protecting Nile for 40 years

SANAA, Jun. 10 (YPA) – Ethiopian researchers have called for Egypt and Sudan to be asked to pay the costs Addis Ababa spent to “protect soil and water” in the Nile Basin over the past 40 years.

The director of the Water and Land Center at Addis Ababa University, Jet Zeleki, was quoted by the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) as saying that Addis Ababa has the right to ask the downstream countries to pay the costs they incurred to protect soil and water in the Nile Basin 40 years ago.

Ethiopia has been implementing activities to protect the environment and natural resources in the Nile Basin region over the past four decades, according to the agency, which stated that Egypt and Sudan are the main beneficiaries of the Nile without having a role in protecting and preserving it.

Zeleki believed that the two countries should support Ethiopia’s continued efforts in the field of natural resources and environmental protection in the Nile Basin.