Ethiopia’s FM Meets al-Sisi in Egypt

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian foreign minister Gedu Andargachew on Thursday held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi over the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

During the meeting in the city of Alexandria, al-Sisi said Egypt will give special emphasis to strengthen its relation with Ethiopia, says Gedu’s office says in a statement.

Gedu also conveyed a message to al-Sisi from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The message expresses Ethiopia’s “great interest in boosting all aspects of bilateral relations and enhancing friendship ties with Egypt,” the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

Prime minister Abiy asserted “the importance of close coordination between Ethiopia and Egypt to achieve stability in Africa and the region, including supporting the Sudanese people to overcome the current challenges.”

Abiy also said Addis Abeba is keen to resume tripartite talks between the two countries and Sudan to reach an agreement on how to manage the filling of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan have held a series of meetings over the 4 billion USD hydroelectric Dam, but have yet to reach a deal on managing flows and other issues.

Egypt says the scheme will restrict the waters coming down from Ethiopia’s highlands, through the deserts of Sudan, to its fields and reservoirs.

Ethiopia, which wants to become Africa’s biggest power exporter, says it will have no such impact and wants to use it to boost its energy-starved economy.

Photo caption: President al-Sisi (C) meets with Foreign Minister Gedu (3rd L) in Alexandria, Egypt, on July 25, 2019.  (Photo MoFA)