Egypt Promises Deeper Ties With Ethiopia to Overcome Differences

17 May 2018

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received on Tuesday Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and General Intelligence Chief Major General Abbas Kamel in Addis Ababa, on the sidelines of the second high-level meeting on the Renaissance Dam.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said that talks during the meeting were “very cordial and transparent”. The prime minister affirmed his full commitment to strengthening and developing relations with Egypt and to building confidence for the benefit of the two peoples.

Shoukry, for his part, underlined Egypt’s keenness to activate all mechanisms of cooperation at the tripartite level between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, in order to achieve the development goals of the three countries and contribute to realizing the people’s aspirations for a better future.

The second high-level meeting kicked off on Tuesday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addis Ababa, in the presence of the ministers of foreign affairs and irrigation and heads of intelligence services in Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

The current dispute between Egypt on one hand, and Ethiopia and Sudan on the other, is based on the preliminary report prepared by a French consultant office for a study to be carried out by the latter, which identifies the potential negative impacts of the Ethiopian dam at the economic, social and environmental aspects.

In an opening address, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu expressed his country’s desire to reach results “that would satisfy everyone”, stressing the need to overcome obstacles hampering the work of the tripartite technical committee.

Cairo fears the dam could negatively affect the flow of its annual share of the Nile River, estimated at 55.5 billion cubic meters per year. Ethiopia says the dam will have many benefits, especially in the production of electricity, and will not hurt the downstream countries, including Sudan and Egypt.

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