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On Wednesday, Egypt and Sudan issued a joint statement after the foreign and irrigation ministers of the two countries held a meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Below is the text of the statement:
A high-level Egyptian delegation comprising Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Ati, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, visited Khartoum on Wednesday to hold intensive talks with the Sudanese side, including Dr. Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi Al-Mahdi, Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Professor Yasser Abbas, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, with the participation of technical and legal experts. From both sides, the talks took place in a friendly and positive atmosphere characterized by mutual understanding.
The consultations focused on the developments of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam file, where the two parties agreed on the serious risks and dire consequences of the unilateral filling of the Renaissance Dam, and stressed the importance of coordinating the efforts of the two countries at the regional, continental and international levels to push Ethiopia to negotiate seriously, in good faith and with real political will in order to reach a comprehensive and just agreement. It is legally binding on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam, after the negotiations sponsored by the African Union reached a dead end due to Ethiopian intransigence.
The visions of the two countries agreed on the need for coordination to move to protect security, peace and stability in the region and the African continent. It is embodied in its announcement of its intention to fill the Renaissance Dam during the upcoming flood season without taking into account the interests of Sudan and Egypt.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Irrigation in Sudan and Egypt expressed deep concern about the potential effects and damages of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam unilaterally and without a legally binding agreement regulating the work of this huge dam on the rights and water interests of Sudan and Egypt, and stressed the importance of concerted international efforts to reach a settlement of the Renaissance Dam crisis that takes into account the interests of The three countries achieve their common interests.
The talks also touched on the bilateral relations between the two countries, where the two sides affirmed their keenness to strengthen and deepen the eternal relations that bind the peoples of the two countries.