Kenyan parliament to ratify CFA

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Addis Ababa, 19 March 2014 (WIC) – Kenyan parliament plans to ratify the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) within the coming three weeks.

Kenya will be the third country to ratify the CFA at the parliament level, next to Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, made the announcement during his three-day visit to Ethiopia last week (March 10-12, 2014).

According to Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Dina Mufti, the Kenyan parliament has agreed to endorse the CFA in three weeks time.

Regarding last week’s President Kenyatta’s three-day official visit, the Spokesperson said that the visit was successful in all aspects.

President Kenyatta met with various higher Ethiopian government officials and discussed ways of strengthen bilateral relations as well as the current situations in South Sudan and Somalia.

The two countries also deliberated on various regional and international issues as well as on ways of developing transboundary resources together, he said.

Ambassador Dina added that the 25th Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government held last week to discuss South Sudan stressed the need to end conflict in that country.

IGAD member states on the occasion urged both parties to respect the Agreement signed on 23rd January, 2014 and to fully cooperate with the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.

Ambassador Dina also downplayed Egypt's recent campaign against the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam. “Egypt will benefit nothing from the campaign,” he said.

Ethiopia on the contrary will continue to inform the people and friend of Egypt that the dam is beneficial not only for Ethiopia but also for Egypt,” he said.