Sunday 04 April 2021
President Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and President of the African Union, received Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, following the opening of the ongoing meetings in Kinshasa on the negotiation track of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The Foreign Minister delivered a letter from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to President Tshisekedi confirming Egypt’s keenness on the success of the Renaissance Dam negotiations sponsored by the Congolese President, appreciating the estimated effort made by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to launch a negotiation process that leads to a fair, balanced and legally binding agreement that takes into account the interests of the three countries and strengthens From the relations of complementarity and cooperation between them and deepens the bonds of brotherhood between their peoples.
President El-Sisi’s message confirmed – according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – that Egypt has a sincere political intention to reach the desired agreement at the earliest opportunity and before the next flood season, and that it will support President Tshisekedi’s efforts in this regard, as Egypt looks forward to the success of the meetings to be held in Kinshasa in launching An effective track for negotiations with the participation of international partners, in a way that enables the three countries to find solutions to controversial technical and legal issues, with the aim of crystallizing a comprehensive agreement for filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.
During the meeting with the Congolese President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reviewed Egypt’s efforts over the course of a decade to reach an agreement on the Renaissance Dam, as Minister Sameh Shoukry confirmed that Egypt has consistently presented solutions and proposals that take into account Ethiopian concerns, in a manner that guarantees the achievement of its development goals and preserves the interests of the two downstream countries. The ongoing efforts to settle the issue of the Renaissance Dam and avoid aggravating the situation in a region that is already suffering from turmoil and instability requires the availability of political will on all parties to reach a fair and equitable agreement.