Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Monday Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya
CAIRO - 19 April 2020: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Monday Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya, as part of an African tour to hand over messages from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to the leaders of six African countries, including South Africa, Senegal, DR Congo, Tunisia and the Comoros.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Hafez, said that Shoukry conveyed during the meeting the message that President Sisi sent to President Kenyatta regarding the developments of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations and Egypt’s stance in this regard, taking into account the leading Kenyan role in the African arena in many fields. Also in light of its non-permanent membership in the Security Council as the representative of the African continent.
Hafez stated that Shoukry reviewed the events of the recent Kinshasa meetings, which were hosted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 4 and 5 April.
Egypt participated in the Kinshasa meetings with a sincere political will, intending to agree to launch a serious negotiation process that would result in a legally binding agreement to fill and operate the dam in a manner that preserves the rights of the three countries.
He expressed Egypt's aspiration to work with the concerned states and parties to find a solution to this crisis and reach an agreement in a way that preserves the security and stability of the region.
Hafez indicated that the meeting also dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries, as the Foreign Minister emphasized the depth of the Egyptian-Kenyan relations, appreciating the existing political will on both sides.
In this context, he confirmed Egypt's interest in supporting development projects in Kenya in areas of priority for the Kenyan side. He also expressed the Egyptian side's keenness to support the Kenyan brothers in various fields.