Sisi, Senegal's Sall agree to bolster consultations on GERD in light of Dakar's scheduled chairmanship of AU

Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Jan 2022

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall agreed Saturday to bolster coordination and consultations over the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in light of Senegal’s chairmanship of the African Union (AU) scheduled to start in February.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall durinng their meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday 29 January, 2022. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidential spokesman Facebook page.

According to an official statement by the Egyptian presidency, El-Sisi discussed in a Cairo meeting developments on the GERD crisis with Sall, and the latest regional developments of common interest. 

El-Sisi and Sall mulled strengthening cooperation between Egypt and Senegal in countering terrorism in the Sahel Region and enhancing the numbers of troops in the region to face terrorism organizations. 

El-Sisi expressed appreciation of the close historical relations and cooperation between the two countries, expressing Egypt’s keenness to boost relations and consolidate strategic cooperation with Senegal in various areas especially amid Senegal’s vital role in western Africa. 

He also hailed political, economic, security and cultural aspects of the relationship, and the growing cooperation in the field of capacity building between the two countries. 

Sall lauded his country’s special historical relations with Egypt, stressing keenness to develop ties further in various fields, especially in trade and economic cooperation. 

He praised the Egyptian companies operating in the field of building, construction, infrastructure and tourism in Senegal, expressing his wish for further Egyptian investments in his country. 

The Senegalese president also affirmed keenness to benefit from the Egyptian vision and efforts to boost common African work during its chairmanship of the AU in 2019 especially amid Senegal’s chairmanship of the AU during the upcoming annual AU summit. 

Sall added that ongoing challenges seen by Africa especially in the Sahel Region and eastern Africa require intensified coordination and cooperation with Egypt and its leadership due to its weight in the region and continent in preserving peace and security. 

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