MUSCAT - 23 January 2022: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Sunday that Egypt is not behind stalled talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), affirming that Cairo is always ready to resume negotiations with Addis Ababa if there is a political will to reach an agreement.
Speaking at a press conference with his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr Albusaidi, Shoukry said Egypt is keen to reach a binding agreement with Ethiopia and Sudan on GERD in a way that helps serve Ethiopia's development efforts without harming the water interests of Egypt and Sudan.
Meanwhile, Shoukry said that Egypt looks forward to making conditions suitable for the return of Syria to the Arab League in order to play a role in maintaining Arab national security.
He called on the Syrian government to take all necessary measures to bring Syria back to the pan-Arab body.
Shoukry also praised relations between Egypt and Oman, saying that efforts are underway to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries.
Shoukry shed light on the memoranda of understanding signed on the sidelines of the joint Egyptian-Omani committee meeting.
For his part, the Omani foreign minister voiced Oman's support for Egypt in the GERD talks, stressing that the Egyptian position on the GERD issue is rightful and logical.
Oman looks forward to a GERD agreement that serves the interests of all countries, he said.
Albusaidi called on the Omani-Egyptian business community and businessmen to exert more efforts to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries