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Egypt MPs to meet with FM to discuss Saudi visit to Ethiopian dam

The head of parliament's foreign relations committee ‎Ahmed Said said the meeting will also focus on foreign minister Sameh Shoukry's recent ‎visit to the US‎

Gamal Essam El-Din , Wednesday 21 Dec 2016
Egyptian parliament (Reuters)
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Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry will discuss on Thursday in a ‎meeting with the heads of four parliamentary ‎committees Egypt's relations with Saudi ‎Arabia after Saudi officials visited Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, which is being built on a tributary to Egypt’s Nile River.

The meeting will include the head of parliament's Foreign ‎Relations Committee Ahmed Said, the head of the Arab ‎Affairs Committee Saad El-Gammal, the head of the ‎African Relations Committee Mostafa El-Guindi, and ‎the head of the National Security Committee Kamal ‎Amer.‎

Said told reporters on Wednesday that the heads of the ‎four parliamentary committees wish to ask minister ‎Shoukry some questions about Egypt's foreign policy ‎in general, and relations with Saudi Arabia and the ‎United States in particular.‎

“Foreign minister Sameh Soukry insists that relations ‎with Saudi Arabia are good, but most MPs disagree ‎and want to ask questions in this respect,” said ‎Said.

“A recent visit to Ethiopia's ‎Renaissance Dam by an advisor to ‎Saudi Arabia's King Salman has left MPs wondering why ‎Saudi Arabia is showing interest in a dam that might ‎cause harm to Egypt's annual revenue of ‎Nile water.”‎

In a meeting with parliament's human rights ‎committee on Tuesday, deputy foreign minister ‎Khaled Youssri told MPs that “the foreign ministry ‎does not have information on whether there is ‎economic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and ‎Ethiopia.”

“We are closely following what is going on ‎around us, but we do not have information on ‎whether there will be any joint projects between ‎Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia.”‎

Said said that MPs also want to discuss the result of ‎minister Shoukry’s recent visit to the US, where he ‎met there with vice president-elect Mike Pence ‎and a number of US members of Congress.‎

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