Al-Sisi discusses the Renaissance Dam file and calls for preserving Egypt’s water rights


Source: Cairo –

The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, met on Wednesday with Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, First Minister Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Defense, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Ati, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, and Major General Abbas Kamel, Head of General Intelligence.

Ambassador Bassam Radi, Spokesman for the Presidency of Egypt, said that the meeting dealt with the developments of the Renaissance Dam negotiations, especially in light of the current preparations for the next round of meetings this month in Washington to develop a comprehensive agreement on the rules for filling and operating the dam, as the President briefed on the negotiating position within the framework of American sponsorship of the tripartite negotiations. The Egyptian position, its determinants and constants in this regard were also reviewed.
Al-Sisi directed the continuation of work to preserve Egypt’s water rights for the benefit of present and future generations.

On the other hand, the meeting touched on a number of topics regarding measures being taken to combat terrorism within the framework of protecting and securing the country’s borders, in addition to developments in a number of external files in the context of challenges that threaten the security of the region.

The consultative meeting for technical and legal delegations from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will be held on Wednesday, over two days, to complete discussions regarding filling and operating rules for the Renaissance Dam and draft a similar agreement.

The holding of this meeting comes in light of the outputs of the recent meeting of the foreign and irrigation ministers of the three countries Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in the American capital Washington and under the auspices of the American Treasury Minister and the presence of the President of the World Bank, and in light of the joint commitment of the three countries to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, sustainable and mutual agreement to fill and operate the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The ministers agreed on the main determinants of the final agreement on the Renaissance Dam, which includes the rules regulating the filling and operation of the dam, as well as the procedures to be followed to deal with droughts and protracted droughts, in a manner that ensures no harm to Egyptian water interests.


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