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Egypt tries to woo South Sudan in Nile water dispute

Egypt is seeking to develop ties with South Sudan as its relations with Ethiopia and Sudan deteriorate over the distribution of Nile water.
Men work to build a flood barrier to protect their houses from the rising water of the White Nile River in South Khartoum August 26, 2013. Heavy rains and flood in the country have affected the lives and properties of some 320,000 people, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week.  REUTERS/Stringer (SUDAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER) - RTX12XDP
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CAIRO — Egypt is continuing to develop relations with South Sudan in an effort to protect Egyptian water interests within its borders, through which the White Nile flows. This comes at a time when the dispute between Cairo and Addis Ababa over the Nile's waters is escalating.

"Since the secession of South Sudan [from Sudan almost three years ago], Egypt has been trying to get the country into the Arab League to ensure that a language of understanding and communication exists," an Egyptian diplomatic source at the Arab League told Al-Monitor.

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