FM: Egypt looks to sign Nile water agreement with Ethiopia, Sudan
Friday، 01 November 2019 - 09:41 AM
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt looks forward to signing a legal agreement with Ethiopia and Sudan, with a view to guaranteeing the country's rights to the River Nile waters.
Addressing the Arab Parliament's first session of the second legislative term, Shoukry added that Egypt welcomed the US invitation to host new negotiations by the three countries for resolving the ongoing dispute about operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and filling its reservoir.
He noted that Ethiopia should have the political will to implement the 2015 Declaration of Principles that Addis Ababa signed with Cairo and Khartoum on the management of Nile water resources.
The top Egyptian diplomat called on Arab and African states to spur the Ethiopian side on to reach a tripartite agreement, which ensures the three parties' rights.
With regard to the issue of water security, Shoukry said that Egypt seeks to handle the problem of water scarcity by the desalination of seawater and the treatment of wastewater to solve the problem of the shortage of water resources.