Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry sent a letter to the president of the UN Security Council on Friday to express Egypt’s formal objection to Ethiopia's measures to unilaterally continue filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) without reaching an agreement with Egypt and Sudan.
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.”
Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al Sisi said in a joint press conference with Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh that the bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Djibouti witnessed ‘important qualitative’ steps in all fields during the past period.
Egypt is an early example of what the situation may look like in many other countries in the near future if effective cross-border coordination and cooperation lagged behind the ongoing challenges of water scarcity, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in a speech opening Cairo Water Week Sunday.
The Supreme Egyptian-Cypriot Government Committee convened Saturday in Cairo. This is the first time the committee has convened at the presidential level.
Tunisia “did not wish” that the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s issue would have escalated to the Security Council and had hoped a legally-binding agreement could have been reached to guarantee “Ethiopia’s right to development and the two downstream nations’ to water.”
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan said, Wednesday that Dialog is the only solution towards solving The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue.
Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Alsborn said that the Renaissance Dam issue is complicated, stressing that Egypt will respond decisively to any shortage in the water level.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt and Sudan called for a Security Council meeting in light of “the existential threat” to the people of both countries from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
“What do we expect from the Security Council?... The answer is nothing. Then why are Egypt and Sudan there?... To do the right thing. We did everything and the world is watching," said talk show host Amr Adib.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to stress the international community’s responsibility for contributing to resolving the situation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told his Congolese counterpart Felix Tshisekedi Wednesday that Egypt and Sudan took the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue to the Security Council because of Ethiopia’s intransigence and attempts to impose a fait accompli.
Kuwait has expressed support for Egypt and Sudan’s endeavors to contain the crisis of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), calling on the international community to intensify efforts alongside the African Union and Arab League to oversee negotiations between the two downstream countries and Ethiopia.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations to present Egypt’s position on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) hours before the Security Council session on Thursday.
The Thursday Security Council session on GERD matters a great deal to Egypt because it will show the fairness of the Egyptian cause on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
In less than a day, a Security Council session will adjudicate on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as a mechanism to preserve international peace and security.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry concluded his meetings in New York with a bilateral meeting with Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield, the Permanent Representative of the United States of America in the United Nations.
The Arab League has expressed its disturbance of Ethiopia’s letter to the UN the Security Council, in which the government rejected the intervention of the League in the Renaissance Dam
The President affirmed that Egypt has not directly or indirectly threatened anyone throughout history, despite its military power.
All of Egypt’s foreign action has the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on top of its priorities because it is a matter of national security, presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady told CBC on Sunday.