Sisi discusses GERD developments with Tunisian counterpart

Ahram Online , Thursday 8 Jul 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R) received his Tunisian counterpart Kais Said in Cairo on Friday, 9 April 2021 (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Thursday the latest developments and updates in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis with Tunisian counterpart President Kais El-Said in a telephone call, the Egyptian presidency said.

The United Nations Security Council has convened a session to discuss the dam issue at the request of Egypt and Sudan.

Tunisia is the only Arab non-permanent member of the Security Council in its current session. Tunisia has presented to the council a draft resolution to help revive the GERD talks within six months.

The draft resolution stipulates that Ethiopia should stop the second filling immediately until the signing of a legally binding agreement that recognises its right to development as long as this does not infringe on the water rights of the downstream countries.

From his side, President Kais El-Said asserted his country’s full support for Egypt and its right to safeguard its national security, which is part of Arab national security.

He also added that Tunisia supports the decision by Egypt and Sudan to resort to the UNSC to work towards reaching a legally binding agreement.

President El-Sisi expressed in the telephone call he received from his Tunisia counterpart his appreciation for Tunisia’s support for Egypt and Sudan as a member of the Security Council, as well as its support for the Egyptian stance to reach a legally binding agreement that safeguards the historical water rights of the Nile Downstream countries.

The two presidents also discussed the latest developments concerning bilateral relations as well as the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the two countries.

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