Egypt urges Arab support for resumption of Ethiopia's GERD talks

MENA , Tuesday 23 Jun 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 26, 2019, a worker goes down a construction ladder at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia. - The UN on June 22, 2020 urged Egypt AFP

Egypt has appealed to all sisterly Arab states to support its moves to resume talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in good faith.

The top diplomat made the remarks at a virtual meeting held by the Arab League at the ministerial level to discuss the GERD file.

Shoukry touched on a step taken by Egypt to ask the UN Security Council to intervene to prevent Ethiopia from starting to fill its dam or taking any unilateral action on that score, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said.

Shoukri also reviewed the outcome of the last round of the Sudan-hosted talks on the GERD, which saw an intransigent position of Ethiopia regarding several legal and technical points, as well as its insistence on starting to fill the dam's reservoir without reaching an agreement.

Filling the dam without reaching an agreement with Egypt and Sudan constitutes a clear violation of Ethiopia's international legal obligations, as well as the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015, which obliges Ethiopia not to cause any serious harm to the interests of the two downstream countries, Shoukry said.

Soukry voiced Egypt's appeal to all Arab countries to support it in the GERD file, which he said affects more than 150 million people living on the banks of the River Nile in both Egypt and Sudan.

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