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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Abiy Ahmed to resolve stalemate over GERD 

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (right) and Abiy Ahmed (left). They vowed to resolve stalemate over GERD. (Photo : Screenshot from OPM video)

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed is in Egypt for a leader’s summit to discuss the situation in Sudan. He met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to discuss bilateral relations. 

News update from the office of the Prime Minister indicates that the two leaders reached an agreement to enhance bilateral relations in the realms of economy, politics, and culture. 

Also, they vowed to resolve the stalemate between the two countries in connection with the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) over 90 percent of whose construction is said to have been completed. 

The office of the prime minister shared the Joint Statement released by the two leaders after their discussion. 

It is featured below : 

Joint Statement on Ethiopia – Egypt Relations

Today, July 13, 2023 President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, received Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed (PhD), and resumed discussions. 

The two leaders reiterated their mutual political will to enhance the bilateral relations between their two countries, politically, economically, and culturally, based on the common desire to achieve their mutual interests and the prosperity of the two brotherly people, and which will also actively contribute to the stability, peace and security of the region, and their mutual ability to deal with common challenges. 

The two leaders discussed means to overcome the current stalemate in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations, and in this regard, they agreed on the following points:

1. To initiate expedited negotiations to finalize the agreement between Egypt, Ethiopia and The Sudan on the filling of the GERD and the rules of its operations, and they will do all the necessary efforts to finalize it in 4 months;

2. During the period of these negotiations, Ethiopia has indicated its commitment, during the filling of the GERD within the hydrological year 2023-2024, not to cause significant harm to Egypt and Sudan, in a manner that provides the water needs of both countries. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The GERD is the problem child for Ethiopia and for the whole East Africa region.
    President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the Egyptian people SHOULD NOT TRUST this snake, imposter idiot of a leader called Abiy. He doesn’t represent the interest of Ethiopians.
    He is afraid of being forcibly removed from power and that can only happen if Egypt decides to launch a war against Ethiopia.

  2. This is another news that should be considered good. I hope and am sure that these two nations have learned enough and lasting lesson that cordial relationship will always have dividends beneficial for both. The dam is past its designing stage and more than 90% complete. The process of filling its reservoir has been done more than once in the most prudent way not reducing the flow of water to Sudan or Egypt even by a single cup. Any matter of concern can only be addressed and resolved through honest dialogue. Since this meeting the two nations have agreed to hold talks and hammer out a binding agreement in four months from now. That is very encouraging news. Kudos to the two leaders for meeting again.

  3. It is mesmerizing and annoying to hear some media outlets like BBC calling the dam as ‘controversial’. From the outset it is design was not secret and was out there for any concern and interested party to look at it. There was not any hideous agenda behind it. Here is its history since 2011.
    1). Construction began. Reduction in the amount of water flowing = 0
    2) The river diverted to complete the wall. Reduction in the amount of water flowing = 0
    3). The process of filling the dam was carried out 3 times already. Reduction in the amount of water flowing = 0
    It has been smooth sailing for all 3 countries since 2011. So, where is the controversy about the dam? I wish such media outlets would stop talking at random.

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