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Shoukry: Egypt keen on promoting relations with Finland

Saturday، 28 September 2019 - 11:51 AM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt is interested in boosting relations with Finland, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said on Friday.

During his meeting with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, Shoukry said that Egypt isn't satisfied with prolonged negotiations between Cairo and Addis Ababa over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Egypt had presented a fair proposal on filling and operating processes of GERD which target to achieve Ethiopia's goals of generating electricity and preserve Egypt's water rights, Shoukry pointed out.

The proposal was submitted according to mutual talks and Declaration of Principles, signed in Khartoum in 2015.

The top diplomat stressed the importance that the dam wouldn't harm the water rights of Egypt which depends on the Nile.

The foreign minister, during the meeting, hailed the outcome of the recent round of political consultations between the two countries, held in Cairo in February.

He also lauded Finland's resumption of direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh in January 2019, affirming the need to push bilateral cooperation forward to wider horizons, particularly increasing the volume of trade exchange, luring more Finnish investments in the Egyptian market, and activating the mechanism of the Egyptian-Finnish Business Council.

On his part, Haavisto was interested in getting acquainted with Egypt's vision on developments in Sudan, saying Finland appreciates Egypt's role in the Sudanese issue.

He also invited Shoukry to visit Helsinki.


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