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President Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and President of the African Union, received both Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Ati, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, after the opening of the ongoing meetings in Kinshasa on the course of the negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, where the Foreign Minister delivered a message from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to President Tshisekedi affirms Egypt’s keenness on the success of the Renaissance Dam negotiations sponsored by the Congolese President and appreciates the appreciated 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, strengthens the relations of integration and cooperation between them and deepens the bonds Brotherhood among its people.
The president’s message confirmed that Egypt has a sincere political intention to reach the desired agreement at the earliest possible 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 meetings that will be held in Kinshasa to succeed in launching an effective path for negotiations with the participation of international partners as possible. The three countries sought 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 stressed that Egypt has consistently provided solutions and proposals that take into account Ethiopian concerns in a manner that ensures the achievement of its development goals and preserves the interests of the two downstream countries. The success of 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.
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