FILE - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry before their meeting at the State Department in Washington, US, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
CAIRO – 23 April 2020: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed updates about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) with his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo, and the national efforts to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on economy, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
In a phone call, Pompeo thanked the Egyptian side for an initiative to provide the United States with medical aid to contribute to facing coronavirus, saying it indicates strong friendship relations between the two countries.
This comes as the United States has reported almost 856,000 coronavirus cases and more than 48,000 deaths, according to Worldometers, which makes the highest toll among countries worldwide.
Shoukry and Pompeo reviewed a number of regional issues of mutual concern, including the updates of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.
The United States has announced it will continue to work with Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan until they sign an accord on the hydropower dam, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
CAIRO - 29 February 2020: Egypt has affirmed that its participation at the ministerial meetings regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which took place in Washington on February 27-28, came to reach a final agreement on the rules for filling and operating the dam, and to implement the obligations contained in the Declaration of Principles Agreement signed between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on March 23, 2015.
The Egyptian medical aid jet sent by the government arrived Tuesday in the United States to confront the Coronavirus pandemic.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al Sisi ordered to send medical aid to the United States in order to participate in the global battle against the pandemic.
The military jets carried medical equipment, anesthesia drugs, and antibiotics as well as body bags, masks, and testing swabs.