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Ethiopia's foreign minister invites Egypt's El-Sisi for more dam talks in Addis Ababa

Meeting with Ethiopian officials on Monday sees President El-Sisi continue promises of 'dialogue' and cooperation between the two countries

Ahram Online, Monday 9 Jun 2014
Ethiopian Minister with El-Sisi
Egypt`s newly inaugurated president with the Ethiopian Foreign minister on Monday (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom has invited Egypt's newly-inaugurated President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to visit his country, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

The invitation came during a meeting on Monday at the presidential headquarters in Cairo's Heliopolis district, where El-Sisi met with Adhanom in addition to Egypt's Foreign

Minister Nabil Fahmy and Ethiopia's ambassador to Egypt, Mahmoud Dardeer.

A spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, Ihab Badawy, said that El-Sisi stressed the deep, historical bonds between the two countries and insisted that the issue concerning Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam "should be solved through dialogue".

El-Sisi said that Egypt understands Ethiopia's needs for development and thus Ethiopia should understand Egypt's needs to its share of the Nile.

According to Badawy, the Ethiopian foreign minister stressed that his country does not intend to minimise Egypt's share of Nile water and that the dam's purpose is to generate electricity.

Adhanom also said that he is looking forward to having El-Sisi meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the African Union Summit scheduled to take place in late June in Equatorial Guinea.

Meanwhile, El-Sisi showed his intention to visit Ethiopia to stress the importance of cooperation between the two countries.

Ties between the two countries have soured since Addis Ababa began construction on a hydroelectric dam that Cairo fears will substantially harm its share of the Nile, the country's main source of potable water.

On Sunday, Adhanom headed a delegation that attended El-Sisi's swearing-in ceremony at Ittihadiya presidential palace. Other attendees included Arab royals, African leaders and dignitaries from among Egypt's western allies.
   

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Tariku Nega
16-06-2014 08:40am
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Ethiopia National security
The DAM, It is a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY for every Ethiopian. Egypt destabilize it's neighbor (against the word of the BIBLE and the Quran that says RESPECT YOUR NEIGHBOR) for so long.
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hagos
14-06-2014 11:46am
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our late prime minister has said that ''No body who has tried this(war) has lived to tell the story").
'No body who has tried this(war) has lived to tell the story. we will retaliate for any attacks comes from egypt!!! we have a history of crushing italy like sands 2 times in a history. egypt shouid accept that Ethiopia is african global power!!!! thanks aharam online!!!
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Naol
12-06-2014 01:40pm
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Which share
El sisi said "Ethiopia should understand Egypt's needs to its share of the Nile".What does this mean. Is it what the Egyptian media has been writing as " historical right and share"? If he is talking about the share that allow Egypt & sudan to take all, it is unacceptable. Ethiopians should read between the lines.
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Nathan
11-06-2014 04:52pm
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Win-win
This is expected in the 21 century. Having extensive dialogue and can come up with smart decision that benefits both sisterly countries /Win-win/. Good start El-Si si & PM Adhanom. May God bless both countries... Mr. president please also stop supporting the Ethiopian rebels; which doesn't go with dialogue and mutual understanding.
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kassahun.bekele
11-06-2014 04:31pm
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its good
its good for two contrys and people to live togther alwyes dont consedr some doutfull medias that cerate bad ideas between two sisterly counterys
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Yonas
11-06-2014 01:01am
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Common sense.
Finally Egyptian elected someone with a common sense.
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Solomon
10-06-2014 05:02am
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Need to talk
As this project is for the benefit of the the Horn of Africa , Egypt should quit middling , rather coaporate with Nile basin countries . Wish the Egyptian people peace and Hermony with the rest of Africa . May God help you mr. Sisi lead the country to peace.
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Abay
10-06-2014 04:11am
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Good Job
This is the only solution for both sisterly people. Understanding each Other's needs and compromise will bring lasting economic prosperity and cooperation. Good job Ethiopia's FM and Egypt's new leader. Keep your words.
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Abay
10-06-2014 04:11am
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Good Job
This is the only solution for both sisterly people. Understanding each Other's needs and compromise will bring lasting economic prosperity and cooperation. Good job Ethiopia's FM and Egypt's new leader. Keep your words.
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Dagem
10-06-2014 02:01am
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seems like good leader is coming
Cooperation is the only way out of this issue. Hope both will lead to that way. A good start from the Egyptian side for the first time in thousands of years. I hope to see a prosperous East Africa where people live happily.
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