– After an official one-day visit by the Egyptian Foreign Affairs and Irrigation Ministers to Sudan and a meeting with senior officials in Sudan, both sides issued a joint statement on the Foreign Affairs and Irrigation Ministers’ Meeting in Egypt and Sudan at the yesterday Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The following is a translation of the statement:
“A joint statement from the meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Irrigation Ministers in Egypt and Sudan via the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
A high-ranking Egyptian delegation consisting of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Mohamed Abdel-Aty (PhD), Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, visited Khartoum today, Wednesday 9 June 2021, to hold intensive talks with the Sudanese side, including Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi (PhD), Minister for Foreign Affairs Affairs and Yasser Abbas (PhD), Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, wi June the participation of a team consisting of technical and legal experts from both sides. The discussions took place in a friendly and positive atmosphere, which was characterized by mutual understanding.
The focus of the discussions were the developments in the Acts of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in which the two of them Parties agreed on serious risks and the devastating effects of a unilateral filling of the Renaissance Dam, stressing the importance of coordinating the efforts of the two countries at regional, continental and international levels in order to get Ethiopia to negotiate in good faith and with serious real political will to move to reach a comprehensive agreement. The agreement to be reached with Ethiopia must be fair and legally binding on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam, this happened after the negotiations promoted by the African Union reached an impasse due to the Ethiopian intransigence.
The two countries also agreed on the need for coordination to ensure security, peace and stability in the region and across the continent, which requires active intervention by the international community to address the continuing risks associated with Ethiopia Pursue its policy of imposing a fait accompli on downstream countries and its one-sided will, which it continues to pursue. This will is expressed in the announcement that the Renaissance dam will be filled during the upcoming flood season without taking the interests of Sudan and Egypt into account.
The Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Irrigation in Sudan and Egypt expressed deep concern about the potential impact and damage of unilateral backfilling and the operation of the Renaissance Dam and without a legally binding agreement governing the work of that Maga Dam on the rights and water interests of both Sudan and Egypt, and stressed that Importance of a concerted international effort to peacefully settle the crisis of the Renaissance Dam It takes into account the interests of the three countries and asserts their common interests.
The talks also touched on the bilateral relations between the two brother countries , in which both sides affirmed their will to strengthen and deepen the Relations that bind the peoples of the two countries together. ”
This comes to a recent escalation and exchange of allegations between the three countries about the failure of the African Union (AU) sponsored talks . It also comes against the background that both countries are launching a joint military exercise called “Nile Protectors” and Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister say the second fill of the dam will go ahead as planned.