Egypt signs security deal with Uganda amid Nile dam tensions

SourceArab Weekly

KAMPALA - Uganda’s defence ministry said Thursday it had signed an intelligence-sharing agreement with its Egyptian counterparts, bolstering security ties amid regional tensions over a massive hydro-power dam on the Nile. The deal will enable the regular exchange of intelligence between security agencies on transnational threats such as terrorism, Uganda’s defence ministry deputy spokesman, Deo Akiiki, said. He explained the signing ceremony in Kampala late Wednesday followed a meeting between Ugandan and Egyptian intelligence officials in Cairo in December. A separate statement issued by the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) said the head of Egypt’s delegation, Major General Sameh Saber El-Degwi, a top Egyptian intelligence official who headed Cairo’s delegation to Kampala, had stressed in a speech at an official dinner the shared security interests between their nations. “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,” he said. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has more...