Last Update 22:7
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Fifth joint Egyptian-Ethiopian committee session aims to strengthen relations

Ministers are gathering in Addis Ababa to sign a number of agreements between Ethiopia and Egypt in a bid to further reduce tensions around the Renaissance Dam project

Ahram Online, Saturday 1 Nov 2014
Officials at Addis Ababa
Egyptian officials meeting at Addis Ababa with Ethiopian officials at the fifth session of the joint committee meetings on Novermber 1,2014 (Photo: Courtesy of Egypt`s Foreign ministry)
Views: 1616
Views: 1616

Egyptian and Ethiopian officials inaugurated early Saturday in Addis Ababa the fifth session of the joint Egyptian-Ethiopian committee in an attempt to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, according to a statement of the Egyptian foreign ministry.

The meetings in the Ethiopian capital are taking place according to prior agreement between Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who met in June in Equatorial Guinea during the African Summit and underlined the importance of mutual relations.

Tensions grew between the two countries after Ethiopia decided to go ahead in building the Grand Renaissance Dam despite Egypt's fears that the construction of the dam would negatively affect Egypt's share of Nile waters.

About 40 percent of the $4.2 billion dam project is completed.    

The meetings in Addis Ababa are scheduled to last for two days. Ministers from both countries are due to meet Monday to discuss political, economic and commercial means to enhance the interests of the two countries.  

It has been reported that a number of agreements and memorandums will be signed in this regard.

Representatives from a number of Egyptian ministries are attending the committee session.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.