Sudan calls for adopting ‘new approach’ on GERD negotiations

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Mon, 05 Apr 2021 - 02:53 GMT

CAIRO – 5 April 2021: Sudan Foreign Minister Mariam al Sadek called for adopting ‘new approach’ on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations that kicked off in Kinshasa Sunday.

She added in statements that her country is participating in the negotiation’s new round and hoping to reach a binding agreement with Ethiopia and Egypt.

According to Sudan’s news agency SUNA, Sadek called to avoid ‘the negative aspects of the past talks that failed all previous meetings’, and demanded on the African Union [AU] to continue leading the mediation to overcome the stalled talks.

 In her remarks during Monday meeting, Sudan Foreign Minister discussed her country’s vision to the future negotiations, suggesting a ‘1 + 3 formula’, consisting of the AU along with the United Nations, the European Union and the United States of America.

Sudan had previously proposed the Quartet mediation, which was welcomed by Egypt, however, Ethiopia rejected it.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt has been negotiating for a decade with a sincere political willing to reach a fair agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue in a statements, Sunday.

He described Kinshasa’s talks as a ‘last chance’ to reach a binding agreement between the three countries regarding the filling and operation of Renaissance Dam.

In remarks, during his participation, along with Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Ati, in meetings on the dam’s new round of negotiations in Congolese capital Kinshasa, that the meetings aim at restarting stalled talks on the dam to reach a legally binding, balanced and fair agreement that can serve the interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia and cement cooperation and integration between the three countries and their peoples.

The minister asserted the meetings are the last chance for the three countries to conclude a deal on the filling of the dam.

The minister stressed that Egypt is keen on ensuring the success of the Tshisekedi- sponsored negotiations on the dam

In a message from President Abdel Fatah al Sisi to his Congolese counterpart Felix Tshisekedi delivered by Shoukry, Sisi assured that Egypt has a ‘sincere political intention’ to reach an agreement regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

He added that Egypt hopes to reach an agreement with Ethiopia before the next raining session in which is scheduled for Ethiopia’s next filling of the dam

Sisi also praised the great efforts exerted by Congo to launch negotiations aiming to reaching a legally binding, balanced and fair agreement that can serve the interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia along with strengthening cooperation and integration between the three countries and their peoples.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry traveled on Friday to Congo to attend talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) sponsored by the African Union.

Foreign ministers and irrigation ministers of the three concerned countries of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are attending the meetings.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry hailed the stance of DR Congo, the current chair of the African Union, which urges serious and effective negotiations to reach a binding agreement on GERD that secures the interests of the three countries.

Rounds of negotiations among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have reached a deadlock several times.

 

 

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