Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived in Cairo for a two-day visit to discuss a massive dam that Egypt fears will cut into its share of the Nile.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday’s visit in a statement that only made passing mention of the dam among other issues. It said Desalegn would meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and that the two countries’ foreign ministers had held talks ahead of the visit.
Egypt has expressed mounting alarm over the soon-to-be-completed upstream dam. The Nile provides nearly all the freshwater for the country’s 95 million people.
Ethiopia, with roughly the same population, has downplayed those fears, insisting the dam is essential to its economic development.
El-Sissi is expected to meet Desalegn on Thursday.