The head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi affirmed the imperative of returning to serious and effective negotiations, with the aim of reaching a fair and binding agreement on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam before the flood season, as he stressed
The Egyptian President, and the Sudanese Transitional Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, stressed the need to reach a binding and balanced legal agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.
In detail, Al-Burhan and Al-Sisi agreed, in a joint press conference in Khartoum yesterday, to reject the approach based on imposing a fait accompli and extending control over the Blue Nile.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said, in the joint conference: “We discussed all the files that support joint cooperation, and we reached in them visions that serve the interests of both parties,” noting that Sudan is now going through a transitional phase, with many difficulties.
He added, “President Sisi’s visit comes at an important time, and Sudan needs friends.”
In turn, Al-Sisi said that his discussions with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan focused on national security files, foremost of which is the Renaissance Dam file.
He stressed the need to continue coordination between the two sides in this regard, and to emphasize the inevitability of returning to effective and serious negotiations, in a way that achieves the interests of the three countries, stressing the rejection of any approach to imposing the status quo, and taking unilateral measures that do not achieve the interests of all parties. Because this procedure threatens the interests of Egypt and Sudan.
Al-Sisi renewed his call for international quadripartite negotiations, proposed by Sudan to support the negotiations, stressing the importance of the role of the African Union to reach the desired agreement.
Al-Sisi expressed his confidence that the next stage of joint action between Egypt and Sudan will continue in various fields, and will move forward in the interest of the two great peoples, adding that they are “one people in Egypt and Sudan.”
Relatedly, the Egyptian President and the Sudanese Transitional Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok agreed yesterday on the need to reach a binding and balanced legal agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.
According to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA), Hamdok and Al-Sisi met yesterday at the Republican Palace in Khartoum, after Al-Burhan met with the Egyptian President.
The Egyptian presidential spokesman, Bassam Rady, said in a press statement that the two sides discussed the latest developments regarding the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam, as agreement was reached on intensifying joint efforts during the coming period in various forums, to push towards reaching a binding and balanced legal agreement on filling and operating AlNahda dam.
The spokesman added that the talks witnessed discussion of various frameworks and prospects for joint cooperation between Egypt and Sudan.
The spokesman pointed out that Hamdok praised the sincere Egyptian efforts seeking to contribute to stabilizing Sudan, as well as the centrality of the Egyptian role in maintaining peace and security in the African continent.
The Sudanese Prime Minister affirmed that there are broad prospects for developing joint cooperation between the two brotherly countries.
For his part, Sisi affirmed Egypt’s keenness to advance bilateral cooperation in various fields with brotherly Sudan, especially with regard to the implementation of the two electrical and railway interconnection projects, in addition to activating the activities of the joint technical committees between Egypt and Sudan.
Yesterday, Al-Burhan and Al-Sisi confirmed that the delicate stage that the Renaissance Dam file is going through requires the highest levels of coordination between Egypt and Sudan.
During their talks in Khartoum yesterday, they stressed, according to Egyptian media reports, the rejection of any unilateral measures aimed at imposing a fait accompli and monopolizing the resources of the Blue Nile.
They stressed the necessity of strengthening bilateral, regional and international efforts to reach a comprehensive and integrated agreement on the rules for filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, which is legally binding and fulfills the interests of the three countries.
Al-Sisi arrived in Khartoum yesterday morning, heading a high-level delegation on the first official visit, after the formation of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council.
The visit comes within the framework of continuous communication, which reflects the vitality and specificity of the relations between the two countries and the two peoples, as well as the numerous meetings that officials hold in Khartoum and Cairo.
The spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, Bassam Radi, stated, in a statement via his Facebook account, that the visit will witness a number of bilateral meetings with senior Sudanese leaders and officials, to discuss various files related to joint cooperation and ways to strengthen bilateral relations, especially at the level: Military, security and economic.
• Al-Sisi affirms Egypt’s keenness to boost bilateral cooperation in various fields with Sudan.
• Hamdok stresses the centrality of the Egyptian role in maintaining peace and security on the African continent.
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