22 June 2018 03:21 PM

President Sisi's Speech during joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister

Monday، 11 June 2018 - 02:52 PM

My dear brother, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me at the beginning welcome my dear brother, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali in his second homeland Egypt, and congratulate him on his assumption of office and on his steady steps to promote prosperity and stability in sister Ethiopia.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have always stressed that the Egyptian-Ethiopian relations, which are deep rooted for thousands of years, are based on eternal bonds of brotherhood, friendship and common interests, and also are linked by the great Nile River, which has and must remain a link of integration, cooperation and a main source of life. This is what we have agreed to achieve, and what should be settled in the conscience of each and every Egyptian and Ethiopian regards the reality of the special relationship that has long been between the two countries as well as the two brotherly peoples, in addition to the relations of cooperation between the two countries. This deserves our effort to make the Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian peoples look like one people in one country.

In this context, I have paid particular attention to the relationship with Ethiopia over the last four years, to strengthen communication and cooperation and consolidate the concepts of joint action to realize of the great interests of all, without jeopardizing the interests of any party and achieving development and prosperity for our two brotherly peoples. We have come a long way in building confidence and strengthening bilateral cooperation and we will continue our sincere efforts to overcome any common challenges, on top of which is to reach a final agreement on the Renaissance Dam ensuring Egypt's water uses of the Nile River, which is undoubtedly the one and only life artery for the Egyptian people and at the same time it contributes to the development and well-being of the brotherly Ethiopian people. Therefore, this important visit of my dear brother Prime Minister of Ethiopia provides a good opportunity to discuss this noble endeavour which we all aspire to.
 
 Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have discussed today the opportunities of furthering the economic cooperation between both countries, especially in light of the obvious interest of the Egyptian private sector in increasing its investments in the Ethiopian market. In this vein, we have agreed on the importance of providing all the possible facilities from both sides so as to foster such investments. This should include the cooperation for establishing an Egyptian industrial zone in Ethiopia, encouraging further agreements between the Egyptian and the Ethiopian private sectors to import Ethiopian meat, not to mention the cooperation in various fields, including the agricultural investment, livestock, fish farms and health, in a manner that boosts economic integration between Egypt and Ethiopia and presents a successful example for the required African integration.

I have asserted today to my brother the Prime Minister the priority of activating the previous agreements between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on establishing a trilateral fund for financing the infrastructure projects, thus realizing the common interests of the three countries, and the importance of taking executive steps for establishing this fund according to the high-official meeting due to be held in Cairo on July 3-4, 2018 for this purpose.
We have also discussed the regional conditions, especially the files of South Sudan, the situation in Somalia, and the Ethiopian-Eritrean relations. In this vein, we have identical points of view and a sincere desire in the common action so as to bring about the regional peace and helping the countries of the region to overcome the current challenges. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

In the end, I want to reiterate that the relation between Egypt and Ethiopia is a strategic partnership and that Egypt’s strategic orientation focuses on entrenching the common interest with Ethiopia in all walks of life. I would also like to assert that we shall spare no effort for realizing this aim, and that Egypt; people and government, will always adopt a policy characterized by the full keenness on realizing Ethiopia’s interests, stability and security, and the endeavor towards realizing the progress and prosperity of its brotherly people, the desire to foster and boost relations between both countries on all levels, taking advantage of their common interests for laying down the foundations of cooperation, partnership and integration in all fields, and maximizing the common gains in a manner that goes in line with the hopes and aspirations of both Peoples and the combined feelings of the historic affection that link them together.

Thank You and I give the floor to my Brother Prime Minister Abiy Ahmad Ali.


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