The President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, held a joint session of talks today, Saturday, on ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries and regional developments of common interest, according to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA).
The talks focused mainly on the issue of differences over the Renaissance Dam between the upstream and downstream countries.
Congolese President Felix Tsichuiskidi had preceded his meeting with the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council by a lengthy meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, during which they discussed extensively the Renaissance Dam file.
The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, explained in a press statement after the talks that President Chesikade had submitted an initiative on the issue of the Renaissance Dam in his capacity as President of the current session of the African Union, noting that the initiative is under discussion by the competent authorities.
The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that Sudan’s consistent and clear position on the issue of the Renaissance Dam is based on the reference to international law and on previous agreements between Sudan and Ethiopia, in addition to the declaration of principles that was signed between the leaders of the three countries in Khartoum in March 2015.
Al-Mahdi added that Sudan stands with the Ethiopian right to develop its capabilities, benefit from the waters of the Blue Nile and develop its resources, without prejudice to the rights of others, especially the rights of Sudan and Egypt.
The Foreign Minister stressed that if the parties wanted to reap joint benefits from the dam project, they could not be achieved without a binding legal agreement for all, especially the issue of filling, its stages and operational stages in detail.
Al-Mahdi added, saying that Sudan strongly rejects the unilateral steps, in particular, which took place last year and negatively affected Sudan, as well as Ethiopia’s attempt to start the second filling of the dam, which is expected to begin next July.
The Foreign Minister indicated Sudan’s belief that the Renaissance Dam project could be beneficial for the three countries and Africa if it is based on consensus, pointing out that this is what Sudan is striving for at the present time.
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