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Egypt’s Shoukry stresses need to reach GERD agreement ASAP in call with Chinese counterpart

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Ethiopia should not act unilaterally

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Jun 2020
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Reuters)
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) must reach an agreement at the soonest possible time.

In a phone call on Thursday, Shoukry told Wang that Egypt accepted the resumption of the talks on the mega-dam with Ethiopia and Sudan and had reiterated its complete rejection of any unilateral actions by Addis Ababa without an agreement that can achieve the interests of all three countries according to the norms of international law.

The two officials also discussed current cooperation between Egypt and China on fighting the coronavirus.

They also discussed the latest global and regional developments.

During the call, Shoukry delivered President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s greetings to his Chinese counterpart, and his praise for the noticeable progress in bilateral relations.

Wang praised the role the Egypt plays regionally and internationally. 

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