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Kuwait to buy Nile water from Ethiopia

May 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome met on Monday with Rashad Mustafa Shawa, chairperson of the Swiss water company Mai Resources International, to discuss the mechanisms of exporting his country’s Nile water resources to Kuwait.

The Ethiopian News Agency reported that Kuwait wants to import 66 million gallons of water daily from Ethiopia.

Kuwaiti Ambassador to Ethiopia Rashed Al-Hajri said that importing water from Ethiopia would be easy because geographically it is close to the Middle East and the country has huge water resources.

A senior official who attended the meeting between Teshome and Shawa remarked that Ethiopia intends to support Kuwait’s efforts to import its water, adding that this will ultimately reinforce investment and cooperation between the two countries.

The news agency also reported that the Swiss company, which focuses on increasing water supplies in countries that are in need, would start transferring the Ethiopian water after it receives all the necessary documents and licenses for the mission.