Egypt's Sisi discusses Nile dam with Sudan's Sovereignty Council leader Dagalo

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Mar 2020

The meeting saw “consensus" between the leaders of the two sides on all regional issues

File Photo: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has discussed developments in negotiations over Ethiopia's disputed Nile dam project during talks with the deputy head of Sudan's Sovereignty Council, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.
During the Sunday talks, attended by Egypt's General Intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, El-Sisi reaffirmed Egypt's support to Sudan during its transitional period, that is due to last until late 2022, while stressing "mutual strategic interests that bring the two countries together."
The talks saw "consensus on all regional issues," presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.
The two sides discussed "developments of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in light of the agreement reached in Washington, which was initialed by Egypt," the statement said.

Following the meeting with the Egyptian president, General Dagalo said that Sudan would work to mediate between Egypt and Ethiopia to bridge the gap in views over the GERD.

Dagalo also said in statements to CBC Extra News that the GERD issue falls under the jurisdiction of the Sudanese prime minister.  

Only Egypt signed the agreement, while Sudan and Ethiopia did not.
Ethiopia accused the US of favouring Egypt in the row over the dam, which Cairo fears would significantly diminish its water supply from the River Nile.
Egypt, meanwhile, believes that Ethiopia is intentionally hindering the course of the talks after it did not attend the latest round in Washington late last month, which was due to reach a final deal.
The dam is now more than 70 percent complete and Ethiopia plans to start the filling of its reservoir in July.
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