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Egypt, France FMs discuss GERD, Tunisia, Lebanon developments

Saturday، 31 July 2021 - 09:55 AM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed the latest developments in Tunisia and the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian over the phone.

The two sides also tackled the situation in Lebanon and some aspects of the Egyptian-French relations, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The two top diplomats expressed the same views on these issues, the ministry said, adding that they asserted the importance of respecting the will of the Tunisians and supporting the Tunisian state institutions in their pursuit to achieve stability and security for the Tunisian people and solving the economic crises in the country, particularly amid the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shoukry reviewed the latest developments pertaining to the Ethiopian dam issue and highlighted Egypt’s firm stances; including the need to reach a fair solution to the crisis that maintains Egypt’s water security through a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam.

The Egyptian minister said he is looking forward for continuing consultation and coordination on this issue with France as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

On Lebanon, the two ministers stressed the need of forming a government as soon as possible with the aim of ending a political deadlock in the country in order to initiate political reforms that guarantees saving Lebanon from an economic meltdown.

MENA

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