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New Delhi: Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Thursday called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

Welcoming el-Sisi to India, Mukherjee said: “The participation of Egypt in the third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) will contribute to the deepening of India’s ties with Africa.”

“India greatly values its civilisational relationship with Egypt. India considers Egypt to be a major power in the region and a bridge between Asia and Africa,” he said.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan release quoted President Mukherjee as saying: “India and Egypt have a history of working together for peace and development in the world. India is the sixth largest trading partner of Egypt and Egypt’s third largest export destination.”

“Indian investments in Egypt have reached $3 billion. These investment flows bring technology, employ almost 35,000 Egyptians and contribute to high export earnings,” the president added.

Mukherjee also congratulated the Egyptian government for the completion of the new Suez Canal in less than a year.

“The development of new industrial zones around the new Suez Canal provides an opportunity to further strengthen economic ties,” he said.

The president also evinced a desire to have India’s relationship with Egypt progress on three pillars namely closer political and security cooperation, deeper economic engagement and scientific collaboration as well as wider cultural contacts and people-to-people exchanges.

While describing el-Sisi’s visit to India as a landmark event in India-Egypt relations, Mukherjee said: “This visit will provide the foundation for a new era of partnership between the two countries.”

Reciprocating Mukherjee’s sentiments, el-Sisi said his participation in the IAFS was inevitable considering the outstanding relations which bond Africa and India.

“India-Egypt relations are historic, long established and continuing. Egypt is committed to further strengthening of the relations. It welcomes Indian investments and would like to benefit from India’s expertise, technologies and experience,” he said.

(IANS)

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Iraq's individual provinces have been fighting for water, amid a general shortage.

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A girl drinks water in the street outside her tent at a camp for internally displaced people in western Baghdad, Iraq. VOA

Iraqi health officials say that a health crisis stemming from water pollution and a shortage of clean drinking water has worsened in recent days, as hospitals in the southern port city of Basra treat more than 1,000 cases of intestinal infections on a daily basis. The problem was exacerbated several months ago when Turkey cut back on water distributed to the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

A crowd of young men took to the streets on in the southern port city of Basra Tuesday, demanding the central government and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi increase the quantity of clean drinking water allotted to their province, otherwise it’ll lead to a health crisis. Abadi vowed to increase spending on infrastructure for the province during a visit to Basra in July.

A young man, whose friend was killed during a rally several weeks ago, broke down and sobbed over the protesters’ inability to force Iraqi leaders to improve the condition of public services in Basra, especially the region’s worn-out water infrastructure and insufficient quantities of drinking water allotted by the central government.

Some health officials in Basra warn that a cholera outbreak is possible due to water pollution and water-borne parasites that have made thousands of people sick in recent days. The director general of the Basra Health department, Riad Abdul Amir, told Al Hurra TV the situation continues to worsen.

He says more than 17,500 cases of intestinal ailments, resulting from contaminated drinking water, have been treated by Basra hospitals during the past two weeks, alone.

 

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The water network in Basra hasn’t been updated in at least 30 years. Pixabay

 

Abdul Amir says the problem stems from insufficient fresh water supplies coming into the city via canals and water pipes from the north.

“Salty water [which has infiltrated the water network],” he asserts, “is known to reduce the efficacy of chlorine used to treat and kill bacteria in drinking water,” he said.

Safaa Kazem, a docotor who has been treating dozens of cases of intestinal problems and diarrhea in Basra’s Sadr Teaching Hospital each day, says water from the city’s supply is not safe to drink.

She says the degree of water sterilization is minimal and that Basra’s water is very salty and has an extremely high level of microbes in it, along with a high degree of chemical pollution.

Basra Governor Assad al Edani told Al Hurra TV that his province has been suffering from numerous infrastructure problems for a long time.

He says the water network in Basra hasn’t been updated in at least 30 years and the old pipes often break, mixing drinking water with sewage.

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The degree of water sterilization is minimal. VOA

Edani says “not enough fresh water is arriving via the region’s only canal from Thi Qar province to the north.” He thinks a “strong current of fresh water will flush out salty water seeping into the water network from the sea.”

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Edani adds that the population of Basra has “more than doubled since the water network was last updated in the early 1990s.”

Iraq’s individual provinces have been fighting for water, amid a general shortage, since Turkey in early June severely curtailed the number of cubic meters of water it funnels into both the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. (VOA)