Thursday, July 22, 2021
On Thursday, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s recent statements regarding the Renaissance Dam as positive, adding, “We support cooperation and joint development” that he called for.
Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti said in a press statement: “We do not mind reaching a profitable agreement on the Renaissance Dam on filling and operation, but we cannot sign a final agreement.
“There is no comprehensive and final legal agreement in the world,” he added.
The Mufti also reiterated his country’s weak willingness to “resuming the Renaissance Dam negotiations at any time called for by the leadership of the African Union.”
President Sisi had said in a speech last Thursday: “The Egyptians’ concerns about the water crisis are legitimate, and we stressed the need not to prejudice Egypt’s share of water.”
He continued, “We have always confirmed our readiness to transfer expertise in electricity and agricultural production projects to all our brothers on the African continent.”
He stressed that Egypt’s move in the UN Security Council on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam came to put the issue on the agenda of the international community, adding that his country demanded a binding legal agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.
And last Monday, Addis Ababa announced the completion of the second filling of the Renaissance Dam, amid skepticism and rejection by Cairo and Khartoum.