Ethiopia congratulates Egypt’s newly appointed FM

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Addis Ababa, 18 June 2014 (WIC) – Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom (PhD) congratulated Egypt’s newly appointed foreign minister Sameh Shoukry.
Shoukry was sworn as Egypt’s foreign minister on Tuesday as the country’s new President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi names a 34-member new cabinet.

“I spoke on the phone with newly appointed Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry,” Tedros wrote on his official facebook page. “[I] congratulated him on his appointment.”
“I reiterated to him Ethiopia's commitment to a win/win solution on the use of Nile,” Tedros added.

Relations between Ethiopia and Egypt deteriorated over the past three years following the launching of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River. However, the past few months have shown signs of improved relations between the two countries.

During his inaugural as Egypt’s new president, which was attended by Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Al-Sisi said he will not allow the dam to be a source of conflict between the two countries. The remark was welcomed by Ethiopia. Tedros also extended invitation to Al-Sisi after the two held talks in Cairo.

Al-Sisi’s new cabinet also saw the appointment of a new Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation. Hossam el-Moghazi, 54, an accomplished academician in the fields of irrigation and hydraulics and former professor at Alexandria University, replaced Mohammad Abdul Muttalib. Muttalib has been criticized by some Egyptians for his handling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam issue.
Egypt State Information Service reported that the country’s new irrigation minister Moghazi has put the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on top of his ministry’s priorities. Moghazi will have to coordinate with the newly appointed foreign minister of Egypt.

Egypt’s new foreign minister Shoukry, 62, formerly served as his country’s ambassador to the US. He replaced Nabil Fahmy who was appointed foreign minister after the overthrow of Morsi in July 2013. 
Tedros also congratulated his Egyptian counterpart on the Africa Union Peace and Security Council's decision to lift sanctions it imposed on the country.

Egypt was suspended from AU membership on July 5, 2013 following the overthrow of its first democratically elected former president Mohammed Morsi.  
After a meeting of the Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, presided over by Mull Katende of Uganda, the AU on Tuesday said it will re-admit Egypt during its summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from June 26 to June 27.

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