Egyptian, Tanzanian presidents discuss bilateral ties, GERD dispute

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 - 08:11 GMT

CAIRO – 10 June 2021: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Tanzanian counterpart, Samia Hassan, discussed in a phone call on Wednesday the bilateral relations and also the dispute Egypt and Sudan have with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

During their phone call, Sisi congratulated Hassan for assuming the presidency post, extending her sincere wishes of success for her, the Egyptian Presidency said in a statement.

Sisi highlighted the distinguished and historic relations Egypt shares with Tanzania and shed light on the progress these relations have seen following his visit to the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salam in 2017.

The Egyptian president expressed aspiration for consultation and cooperation with the Tanzanian president to foster these relations in different fields, especially in boosting trade exchange, developing infrastructure, building capabilities and providing technical support.

Hassan, for her part, expressed deep appreciation for Egypt’s people and leadership and affirmed broad horizons for developing relations and joint cooperation between Egypt and Tanzania.

Hassan hailed the Egyptian support to the developmental efforts in Tanzania, especially through the establishment of the Julius Nyerere Dam in Tanzania.

The Tanzanian president said this project, which is one of the biggest national projects in Tanzania, reflects the depth of the special relations shared by the two countries.

The two presidents discussed the GERD developments.

Sisi affirmed the need to reach a fair and legally-binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam.

The presidents agreed on the need for supporting the negotiations track to achieve the interests of the three countries and preserve the water security of the two downstream states.

Rounds of negotiations among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on GERD have reached a deadlock several times with Egypt blaming the failure on Ethiopia’s intransigence.
 
Egypt and Sudan insist that a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam should be reached before Ethiopia implements its planned second phase of dam filling in the next rainy season.
 
Ethiopia, however, says it will complete the dam filling in July with or without an agreement.
 
Egypt on April 13 sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council, calling on the international community to engage in advancing the stalled GERD talks and persuade Ethiopia to refrain from unilateral acts.

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