Uganda and Egypt signed a military intelligence sharing agreement amid tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) stated on Wednesday.
The agreement was signed between UPDF’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and the Egyptian Intelligence Department, UPDF added in the statement.
“The fact that Uganda and Egypt share the Nile, cooperation between the two countries is inevitable because what affects Ugandans will in one way or other affect Egypt,” Maj. Gen. Sameh Saber El-Degwi, a top Egyptian intelligence official who headed Cairo’s delegation to Kampala, was quoted in the UPDF statement as saying.
On his part, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi warned of the risk of conflict over the GERD, which Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile.
During his talk about the GERD while attending the inauguration of the Smart and Secured Documents Complex on Wednesday, Sisi sent several crucial messages to Ethiopia, stressing the reason for Egypt’s respect and appreciation for development, provided that it does not harm its water interest.
“I tell the brothers in Ethiopia, don’t reach a stage that you are touching a drop of water from Egypt,” he reaffirmed.