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Egypt's Sisi discusses Libya and GERD with UK’s Johnson

Sisi told the UK premier that the Nile water is a matter of national security for Egyptians

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Sep 2020
Sisi, Johnson
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson discuss several topics over the phone (Photo: AFP)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had a phone call with UK Prime Boris Johnson on Tuesday in which they discussed the Libyan situation and the ways to restore stability to the war-torn country, the Egyptian presidency said.

El-Sisi reaffirmed Egypt's long standing strategic position on the Libyan crisis which aims to restore stability and security to the country and calls on all Libyan parties to positively engage with the constructive paths coming out of the Berlin Conference and the Cairo Initiative, in order to bring peace and stability, to restore the pillars of the state, and to end the chaos of terrorist groups.

The British prime minister expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian efforts to reach a political settlement in Libya and he agreed to continue consultations and joint coordination with Egypt on the issue.

Several Libyan factions arrived in Egypt on Monday and are holding talks in Hurghada.

El-Sisi and Johnson also discussed the latest developments regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The president stressed that water is a matter of "national security" for the Egyptian people and Egypt would therefore hold to its water rights though reaching a binding deal regulating the filing and operation of the dam and achieving the common interests of all parties.

Concerning the peace process in the Middle East, El-Sisi and Johnson agreed on the importance of the global efforts at this stage to resume the talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

The pair also discussed Egyptian-British relations, especially the security, military, commercial and touristic ties. 

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