Egypt’s shift to dialogue reflects Ethiopia’s right stance on Nile
Addis Ababa, 3 July 2014 (WIC) - Egypt’s shift to resume talks over the Renaissance Dam is a reflection of Ethiopia’s right stance on the Nile, a special advisor to the prime minister said.
Egypt’s newly elected president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has recently expressed his interest to restart conversation over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Ethiopia praised the president’s decision to return to dialogue- an option which Ethiopia has been promoting from the very beginning to find a solution that is acceptable by both sides.
“Al-Sisi’s move to restart dialogue proves that Ethiopia’s age-long believe in the principle of equitable sharing of Nile waters was right,” Getachew Reda, special advisor to the prime minister told ENA.
Despite Ethiopia’s repeated effort to convince the multiple benefits of the dam, Egyptians called for a halt in the construction of the dam, Getachew said.
The advisor said that Al-Sisi’s readiness to begin dialogue over the dam would contribute a lot in opening a new era of cooperation between both countries.
According to Getachew, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi expressed his desire to return to dialogue during a meeting he held with PM Hailemariam Desalegn on the sidelines of the 23rd AU Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
During the meeting, PM Hailemariam told Al-Sisi that the dam was commenced not to harm the national interest of any country, rather it benefits both Egypt and Sudan, Getachew added.
According to him, the two sides also discussed on 7 issues, including political, economic and social issues, but signed no agreement.
Al-Sisi is expected to pay an official visit to Ethiopia soon probably making it his first trip to a foreign nation since he assumed office in June 8, 2014.
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