Mahmoud Abu Zeid, minister of irrigation and water resources, confirmed that foreign statements voiced lately about danger on Egyptian Delta due to expected higher level of the Mediterranean Sea water plus erosion of the Delta land resulting from such climate changes, and also noted that 80 percent of the Nile water would dry, are all expectations based on studies and estimations that are difficult to believe. Even, if true it needs thousands of years to occur, he added, according to reports by the State Information Service.
Such statements, he indicated, were aimed at disrupting relations among Nile Basin countries, especially at a time when they are close to signing their first fair treaty that will govern future relations between them, the reports added.
The minister’s remarks were made at the 17th international conference to protect the environment held at Alexandria earlier this week.
The minister, the honorary president of world water council, added that over 50 years now the Mediterranean level rose only by 1.6 cm.