El-Sisi: The Renaissance Dam is a matter of existence, and we reject any unilateral approach

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04:48 PM

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Books – Masrawy:

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stressed the need to seek to reach as soon as possible a binding legal agreement that regulates the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam, far from any unilateral approach that seeks to impose a fait accompli and ignore the basic rights of peoples.

This came during the press conference held by President Al-Sisi with his Burundian counterpart Evarist Ndayishimi

The following is the speech of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi: –

Dear Brother, Your Excellency President Evarist Ndayishimi,

President of the sister Republic of Burundi

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome my brother His Excellency President Ndayishimi and the delegation accompanying his sovereignty to his second country, Egypt, on his first visit to Cairo, wishing him and the accompanying delegation a good and fruitful stay.

I take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation for the historical relations between Egypt and the brotherly Republic of Burundi, through common eternal and historical ties that reflect the depth of relations between the two countries and the two brotherly peoples.

I have held intensive discussions with my brother the President, dominated by a spirit of understanding and coordination on a large number of bilateral and regional issues of common interest between the two countries, as our political will agreed to launch a new phase of the partnership relationship that brings us together and to elevate bilateral relations to wider horizons, and I have confirmed Egypt’s keenness to Developing and deepening all existing forms of cooperation between the two countries, which in recent years have witnessed many positive developments, in order to achieve the interests of the two brotherly peoples.

Our deliberations reflected the extent of the convergence of views between the two countries regarding all issues, which is not a new issue between Egypt and Burundi, but rather a distinctive feature of the close relations that bind our two countries.

Efforts to enhance cooperation in economic fields between the two countries also received special attention in our discussions today, and I confirmed on my side Egypt’s readiness to develop this cooperation that achieves development goals in the two countries, whether at the level of trade or investment exchange, which we hope will witness further growth to raise the level of relations. Political between the two countries.

We also discussed ways to facilitate the work of Egyptian companies seeking access to the Burundian market, which comes within the framework of our confidence in the Burundian President’s ambitious development agenda through which he seeks to enhance prosperity in his sister country.

We also agreed to intensify cooperation in the field of transferring Egyptian expertise, providing technical support and building the capacities of national cadres in Burundi, by continuing the training programs offered by the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development in various sectors.

I take this opportunity to assure His Excellency the President that Egypt will remain a key partner for you in your efforts to achieve progress, and will provide all possible assistance and support to the sisterly Republic of Burundi to achieve the development goals and plans that you and your government are working for.

Today we also discussed ways to enhance the existing cooperation between the two countries in the field of water resources and irrigation, and our joint efforts to maximize the sustainable utilization of the Nile River’s resources, and we emphasized our vision to make the Nile River a source of cooperation and development as a lifeline for all the people of the Nile Basin countries.

We also reviewed the developments of the Renaissance Dam issue as an existential issue affecting the lives of millions of Egyptians, and I stressed the necessity of seeking to reach as soon as possible a binding legal agreement that regulates the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam, away from any unilateral approach that seeks to impose a fait accompli and ignore the basic rights of peoples.

Your Excellency President Evarist Ndayishimi,

I am pleased to meet you today, and I look forward to more close cooperation between our two countries in the common interest of us and our African continent, and I wish Burundi all the best, stability and prosperity, and I renew my welcome to you and the delegation accompanying you to your second country, Egypt.





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