Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Egypt, Ethiopia: Presidents Talk Fence Mending And Dam Building

Egypt, Ethiopia: Presidents Talk Fence Mending And Dam Building

Desalegn affirmed that both countries should work together on overcoming obstacles through wise and friendly dialogue, adding that "our destinies are common and bound by the River Nile, which represents a vein of life joining our nations".

Egypt and Ethiopia asserted the depth of the Egyptian-Ethiopian ties by signing a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) at Al-Ittihadia Presidential Palace on Thursday, which aim at boosting the bilateral relations on Thursday.

Sisi said negotiations with its two African neighbors were progressing and said a deadlock over a disputed, ongoing study on the dam's impact must end. The Nile should serve as "a source of cohesion. and development, not of conflict" with Ethiopia, which is building a controversial dam that has raised Egyptian concerns over water supplies, he said.

Sisi clarified a few times that this summit held between Egypt and Ethiopia assures that both states have political will and determination to overcome any obstacles standing in the way of their relations.

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El-Sisi also stressed that the GERD should not harm Egypt's interests or its share of Nile water in light of the brotherly relations between Egypt and Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian PM said the Egyptian proposal "would be discussed on the level of the tripartite committee during their upcoming meeting".

While Ethiopia and Sudan reached mutual consensus on the construction of the dam, Egypt frequently expressed its concern that the dam would affect its share of the river.

Shoukry revealed that the current high-level meeting between Ethiopia and Egypt mainly envisaged to strengthen partnerships in the areas of education, culture, trade and investment. On Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Ethiopian counterpart, Workneh Gebeyehu, held talks in Cairo on the theme of the Great Renaissance. Egypt fears that the project will have a negative effect on its water share of Nile water.

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