That was during a meeting with the Japanese ambassador.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Albares, discussed on Monday a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern as they met in Madrid.
Since the Kinshasa talks collapsed, Ethiopia has embarked on a series of unilateral acts that are believed to have a grave effect on the two downstream countries.
British Ambassador to Cairo Gareth Bayley said the UK’s current role is to encourage each of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia to reach a suitable solution regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) under the sponsorship of the African Union.
Speaking at the 157th ordinary session of the Council of the League of Arab States at the level of foreign ministers, Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s rejection of Ethiopia’s commencement of operating GERD last month unilaterally.
Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s rejection of Ethiopia’s unilateral act of starting the operation of the Renaissance Dam last month, which is a further violation of Ethiopia’s obligations under the 2015 Declaration of Principles Agreement,
In a meeting with Annette Weber, Special Representative for the Horn of Africa at the European Union, Abdel Aati also warned that such false statements and unilateral management will also cause harms to the downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan.
Ethiopia had stated that power generation from the dam begins on Feb. 20. That is considered a pilot phase as the filling has not reached full capacity and not all turbines have been installed.
The Speaker of the Arab Parliament, Abdel Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asoumi denounced Ethiopia’s announcement to unilaterally start operating the Renaissance Dam as “a serious violation of water rights of Egypt and Sudan.”
Sisi arrived in Brussels on Tuesday to attend sixth European Union-African Union Summit, which is set to be held on 17-18 February with the participation of leaders and members states of the AU and EU.
In exclusive remarks with Editor-in-Chief of Ahram Online Ezzat Ibrahim, McKenzie said the US is committed to a diplomatic solution to the GERD issue.
The two leaders touched on a number of regional and international issues of common interest, including the developments of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) file, the Palestinian cause and the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen.
President Sisi said that the upcoming climate summit (COP27) that would be held in Sharm El Sheikh city in November 2022 will focus on the requirements of the African countries.
Egypt always gives priority to achieving development in Nile basin countries, so it offered assistance to sisterly countries to provide stability for their peoples.
Also, 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.
In an interview with BBC News Arabic, Madbouli said Egypt even told the Ethiopian side of its desire to take part in the construction of GERD.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al Sisi said on Wednesday that Egypt respects the privacy of each and every country and never interfere in their internal affairs.
The minister's remarks were made at a lecture he delivered to a number of Hungarian diplomats from the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy as he addressed the issue of Egypt water status and the projects carried out by the Egyptian state in order to cope up with the impact of climate changes.
The United States reiterated President Joe Biden’s support to Egypt’s water security, a joint statement by Cairo and Washington read on Tuesday, as both sides discussed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) file.
“Egypt will not give up its right to water,” he said.