Ethiopia, Egypt to continue dialogue
ERTA – Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom and Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kamel Amr agree to continue the dialogue for win-win solutions on the Nile Basin outstanding issues.
The two ministers showed interest to strengthen bilateral relations and coordinate their efforts to reach an understanding regarding all issues between both countries on the basis of trust.
With regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), they agreed as per the Terms of Reference of the International Panel of Experts to immediately initiate consultations among Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. The consultation is intended to help move forward with the implementation of its recommendations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia welcomed the Egyptian initiative to begin consultations amongst the Water Resources and Foreign Ministers of the three countries at technical and political levels.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister expressed Egypt’s concerns on the GERD. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister assured his counterpart that the Dam is being built in a way it addresses Egypt’s water security concerns. The Ministers agreed to take into account the developmental interests of Ethiopia as well as the water security concerns of downstream countries.
Dr Tedros reiterated Ethiopia’s previous position that commits to a win-win solution as the basis for future cooperation.
Both ministers stressed the need to continue the dialogue and communications to follow up on the outcome of this meeting.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia accepted the invitation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt to visit Cairo in the near future.