Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed in a phone call on Monday with his Croatian counterpart, Gordan Grlić-Radman, cooperation on countering the coronavirus and developments on the controversial Ethiopian dam (GERD).
Shoukry and Grlić-Radman underscored the need to study means of sharing experience between the two countries on facing the coronavirus and easing its social and economic implications, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
Shoukry briefed Grlić-Radman on his recent African tour to explain the Egyptian stance in the GERD dispute.
Shoukry’s six-state tour came after the latest African Union-sponsored talks in Kinshasa among Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on the GERD earlier this month collapsed.
Ethiopia has reiterated its plans to forge ahead with the second filling of the dam in July despite Egyptian and Sudanese objections.
Egypt and Sudan, on the other side, seek an international mediation and engagement to ensure a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam is reached before this filling phase.
Shoukry affirmed to Grlić-Radman Egypt’s keenness to enhance economic and trade relations with Croatia, especially in light of the economic reforms applied by the Egyptian government, the ministry statement read.
Both ministers agreed on the need to develop bilateral relations and continue joint coordination to achieve the interests and visions of the two countries.
Shoukry and Grlić-Radman were keen to discuss a number of issues of mutual concern during their meeting, the statement noted.
Grlić-Radman made an official visit to Egypt late in March, during which he met with Shoukry and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. They discussed a number of topics, including efforts to counter illegal immigration through the Mediterranean.