Egypt FM delivers message from Sisi on GERD issue to Kuwait's emir, other Arab leaders
Sama Osama, , Monday 9 Mar 2020


Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Monday with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabahin Kuwait as part of an ongoing tour to several Arab countries that started on Saturday.

During the meeting, Shoukrydelivered a message from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to the Kuwaiti emir on the latest developments in the dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement on Monday that Al-Sabah stressed his country's support for Egypt in the ongoing dispute, adding thatKuwait stands with Egypt in its efforts to preserve its interests and protect its water rights.

Shoukry expressed Egypt's appreciation for the position Kuwait took during the ministerial meeting of the League of Arab States on the GERD on 4 March, in which Kuwait supported a resolution declaring solidarity with the Egyptian position in the GERD crisis.

Meanwhile, Shoukry also met with Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohamed Al-Sabah.

Shoukry and the Kuwaiti PM discussed the latest developments in the GERD issue, with the Kuwaiti prime minister stressing his country's support for Egypt in anything that would maintain its national security.

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Also as part of his tour, Shoukry met on Sunday with King Abdullah II of Jordan and president of Iraq Barham Salih.

Shoukry delivered to the Jordanian king a message from President El-Sisi expressing Egypt's appreciation for Jordan's supportive position during the ministerial meeting of the Arab League.

King Abdullah II affirmed that Jordan stands with Egypt in "all stances that preserve its rights and water security," and stressed the kingdom's support for Egypt in the GERD issue.

In his meeting with the Iraqi president, Shoukry thanked Salih for Iraq's support in the Arab League resolution.

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President Salih expressed "Baghdad's understanding and support for Cairo's efforts to preserve its interests and water security, especially since Iraq is a downstream country as well."

According to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry on Saturday, Shoukry's tour will also include Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE, where he will deliver messages from President El-Sisi to the heads of these states.

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