Egyptian, Ethiopian FMs to meet in Cairo on Wednesday for cooperation committee talks

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Jan 2018

Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu (L) with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry(R)

Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry will hold talks with his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu in Cairo on Wednesday as part of meetings by a high-level joint cooperation committee.

The ministerial talks of the sixth meeting of the joint Egyptian-Ethiopian Higher Committee will set the stage for discussions between Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn this week.

The last meeting of the committee was held three years ago.

The new round will tackle regional and international political developments as well as discuss means of boosting bilateral economic, social and artistic ties, Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The talks will also involve the signing of multiple memorandums of understanding, with officials from the ministries of trade, investment, irrigation, tourism and electricity to attend.

Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia heightened in recent years over Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, which Egypt worries could reduce its share of Nile water.

Ethiopia, which aims to become Africa’s biggest power exporter, says the dam will not have a negative impact on Egypt.

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