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Egypt's FM discusses GERD issue with Nigerien president

Niger is the fifth stop for Shoukry in his current African tour

Zeinab El-Gundy , Wednesday 21 Apr 2021
Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry with Nigerien President Mahmoud Bazoum in Niger on Wednesday (Photo: Egyptian foreign ministry)

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry delivered a message on Wednesday from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to his Nigerien counterpart Mohamed Bazoum over the latest developments in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and Egypt’s position in this regard, the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

Shouky briefed the Nigerien president on the latest developments in the GERD issue, including the results of the latest round of talks between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan in Kinshasa, stressing that Egypt is keen to launch a serious negotiation path to reach a legally binding agreement that meets the interests of the three countries.

Shoukry also discussed bilateral relations with President Bazoum, saying Egypt wishes to boost relations between the two countries in all fields. 

Bazoum expressed his aspiration to boost relations between the two countries soon.

The Egyptian foreign minister arrived in Niger earlier on Wednesday.

Niger currently has non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) representing the African continent.

Niger is the fifth stop for Shoukry in his African tour following Kenya, Comoros, South Africa and DR Congo.

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