Sisi: Egypt not to accept touching its water security
Sunday، 09 May 2021 - 01:25 PM
Egypt will not allow its water security to be harmed, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said on Saturday 8/5/2021, stressing the need to reach a legally binding agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam amid deadlocked talks with Addis Ababa.
The agreement will protect Egypt's water rights, achieve the interests of all sides and avert the region further tension and instability, Sisi said during a meeting with President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi, who arrived in Cairo earlier in the day.
The meeting tackled the latest developments in the dam dispute, spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency Bassam Radi said.
President Sisi stressed Egypt's appreciation for the Congolese president's efforts and trust in his ability in handling the crisis, Radi said.
Egypt supports such efforts in the framework of the negotiation path brokered by the DRC, the current president of the African Union, and international partners in order to reach a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam, Sisi said.
Tshisekedi, for his part, said he is keen on intensifying coordination with regards to this sensitive issue to help all parties achieve progress in the trilateral negotiations.
He commended Egypt's efforts in the pursuit of reaching a fair and balanced agreement on the dam that takes into account the interests of the three countries.