On the sidelines of 30th African Union summit, which concluded today after three days, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan held a tripartite meeting in Addis Ababa.
News update from Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ethiopia claims that significant gains are achieved from the Addis Ababa summit.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi discussed, says the ministry’s report, on issues of “mutual interest.”
Leaders of the three countries reportedly nodded for the idea of “working as one” as opposed to as “three counties” in all levels but the ministry did not elaborate on the scope of “all levels” “unity and solidarity”
Furthermore, the ministry added that the leaders reaffirmed agreement on declaration of principles engagement on the issue of Ethiopia’s grand renaissance dam (GERD).
Another area of agreement is infrastructure development between the three countries. In that regard, the establishment of infrastructure fund is proposed and the three countries are to contribute equally towards the fund. Again, the ministry did not say much about the infrastructure projects.
Leaders from the three countries have also agreed to meet annually and to establish a committee to discuss matters pertaining to Ethiopia’s dam project.
It is to be recalled that Cairo tripartite talk over impact assessment study on the dam project failed in September of last year and Egypt was declaring a “red line” claiming that “water is a matter of life and death” to which Ethiopian leaders responded “the dam project is a matter of life and death for Ethiopia as well”
The relation between Sudan and Egypt turned sour as well following rumors that contingents of Egyptian army are in Eritrea which prompted Sudan to close its border with Eritrea and reinforce its military position.
As things stand now, Sudan is on the side of Ethiopia as far as the dam project is concerned. In fact, the two countries have bilateral agreements in the area of military cooperation as well. Egypt reiterated, when Hailemariam Desalegne visited Egypt last week, its position that it has “serious concerns” over the dam project.
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