Dr. Tedros holds talks with Turkish Foreign Minister

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Ababa, 2 February 2014 (WIC) - Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom held talks on Friday with Professor Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey on bilateral and regional issues.

Dr. Tedros thanked the Government of the Republic of Turkey for its support for peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, and for its efforts made to encourage Turkish financiers to invest in Ethiopia.

He also briefed Professor Davutoglu and his delegation about the situation in South Sudan and Somalia and on Ethiopia’s efforts to encourage peace and stability in the region.

He noted the stalemate in Ethio-Eritrea relations, pointing out that Ethiopia was always ready to negotiate with Eritrea but that the Government of Eritrea had consistently refused to participate in any dialogue. Professor Davutoglu welcomed Ethiopia’s role in stabilizing the region.

Referring to fair utilization of Nile waters and the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Dr. Tedros explained that the GERD, as the International Panel of Experts had underlined, would benefit both Sudan and Egypt and allow for a win–win approach to development of the Nile Basin. Ethiopia’s position was upheld by Sudan.

Dr. Tedros regretted that Egypt was reluctant to accept these proposals and said that a good deal of inaccurate comment had been aired by Egyptian officials who were hostile to the GERD; they were engaged in deliberate distortion and disinformation about the Dam.

Professor Davutoglu explained that fair utilization of international rivers was important and he mentioned the experience of Turkey and the construction of the Ataturk Dam, the biggest Dam in the Middle East, which involved negotiations with both Syria and Iraq.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministers agreed that the relationship between Turkey and Ethiopia should be deepened and promoted to a higher level.