Egyptian Participation in African virtual mini-summit to discuss GERD file
Saturday، 27 June 2020 - 03:04 AM
Egypt is ready to resume negotiations with Sudan and Ethiopia to reach a fair and balanced agreement on filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said on Friday 26/06/2020.
To ensure successful negotiations, all parties shall pledge not to make any unilateral decisions, as well as halt the dam's filling till reaching an agreement preserving the three countries' interests, Sisi told a virtual mini-summit grouping member states of the Bureau of the African Union Heads of State and Government to discuss the GERD file.
Sisi thanked South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for his call to hold such an important summit to address the vital GERD issue that directly affects the lives of millions in Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.
The President asserted that Egypt aims to reach a fair and balanced agreement that preserves Ethiopia's right to achieve economic development and capability to generate the needed electricity, taking into account the interests of the downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan) and their water rights.
At the end of the summit, leaders of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia agreed to form an African Union-sponsored committee grouping legal and technical experts from the three countries to draft a final binding deal on the Ethiopian dam and avoid any unilateral action including the dam's filling before finalizing an agreement.