Egyptian leader defends Nile rights in Ethiopia's parliament

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Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi takes the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as Egypt's new president at the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, June 8, 2014 in this still image taken from video.

ADDIS ABABA - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is urging Ethiopia&39;s leaders to put aside "centuries of mistrust" and cooperate on sharing Nile River waters.

Al-Sisi said Wednesday in a speech before Ethiopian lawmakers that Egypt will continue depending on the Nile without being threatened by other downstream countries.

In a speech that received applause, al-Sisi said that all countries through which the Nile flows must cooperate.

The leaders of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia on Monday signed an initial agreement outlining principles by which they will cooperate to use the water fairly.

Cairo had previously voiced fears that Ethiopia&39;s massive Nile dam would diminish its share of the Nile, which provides almost all of the desert nation&39;s water needs.