Mubarak denies suggestions that Egypt supports Ethiopian insurgency

President Hosni Mubarak has categorically denied Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's charges that Egypt supports rebel groups in the Horn of Africa nation in an attempt to fuel instability.

“It’s the first time to hear we support any movement in any country, not in Ethiopia only," Mubarak told Al-Jazeera TV satellite channel on Wednesday during his visit to Doha. "We have very good relations with Ethiopia. We cannot do this in any African or Arab country. This is not the way we deal.”

Zenawi recently told Reuters that Egypt could not win a war with Ethiopia over the Nile river. The regional framework for allocating Nile flow has been challenged lately, as upstream riparian countries seek to alter the distribution proportions. Egypt currently receives the lion's share of flow, according to agreements brokered under British colonial rule.

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