Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi attends a press conference with his Russian counterpart (unseen) following their talks at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. AFP / KHALED DESOUKI
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President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi vowed Monday to protect Egypt's water supply while striving for peace with the Nile upstream countries of Sudan and Ethiopia, which is building a controversial dam.Sisi also stressed that Egypt was investing in its military to protect national security.Cairo argues that the 1929 and 1959 treaties grant it 87 percent of the Nile's flow, as well as the power to veto upstream projects.Ethiopia began building the dam in 2012 and was initially expected to commission it in 2017 .
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