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.