FM Shoukry meets Russia, China representatives in NY prior UN Security Council meeting on GERD



Tue, 06 Jul 2021 - 05:03 GMT


Tue, 06 Jul 2021 - 05:03 GMT

CAIRO – 6 July 2021: Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry continued his intensive meetings, Tuesday in New York prior the UN Security Council meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), expected Thursday.

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez, Shoukry meet representatives of Russia and China as he affirmed Egypt's position to reach a binding agreement on GERD, and the need for the Council to assume its responsibilities towards this issue.

Commenting on his meetings with both officials, Shokry said in statements to extra news channel that his meetings came following phone calls with both of the two countries Foreign Ministers.

He described the meetings to be ‘very fruitful’ as they discussed the goals Egypt seek to achieve out of the awaited session.



Shokry also said that the meeting praised the strong relations and bonds between Cairo, Moscow and Beijing.




Earlier on Tuesday, Shoukry meet with Sudanese foreign minister Dr. Maryam Sadiq al-Mahdi in NY, as both officials expressed their rejection of Ethiopia’s announcement of starting the filling process for the second year.

Both leaders considered the announcement as explicit violation of the provisions of the Declaration of Principles Agreement concluded between the three countries in 2015, and a violation of international laws and norms governing the exploitation of transboundary river resources.

They see Ethiopia’s escalation as “bad intention and desire to impose a fait accompli on the two downstream countries, and its indifference to the negative effects and damages that its interests may suffer due to the unilateral filling of the Renaissance Dam.

The two ministers agreed on the need to continue conducting intensive contacts and consultations with the member states of the Security Council to urge them to support the position of Egypt and Sudan and to support their call for the need to reach a legally binding agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam that takes into account the interests of the three countries and preserves the rights of the downstream countries from the damages of this project to Egypt and Sudan.

Egypt’s Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Ati received on Monday an official letter from his Ethiopian counterpart Seleshi Bekele confirming that Ethiopia started the second phase of filling the reservoir of its controversial mega dam.

Ethiopia has reiterated its plans to implement the second phase of filling in July and through the rainy season whether a deal is reached or not.

Rounds of African Union-sponsored talks have collapsed with Egypt and Sudan blaming the collapse of negotiations on Ethiopia’s intransigence.

In response to Bekele’s Monday letter, Abdel Ati sent an official letter to the Ethiopian minister voicing Egypt’s categorical rejection of Ethiopia’s unilateral act, a statement by the Egyptian irrigation ministry spokesman read.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry re-sent the letter of Abdel Ati to the chief of the United Nations Security Council to brief the council on this “dangerous” update in light of the council’s planned session on GERD on Thursday, the statement read.








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