Egypt appreciates Ethiopia's goodwill, insists on technical recommendations

IPS The River Nile

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has said establishing a Palestinian state through the two-state solution is the only way to achieve stability, peace, prosperity and development in the region. At the meeting El Sisi and Desalegn attended the signing of several memorandums of understanding between Egypt and Ethiopia on industrial cooperation, foreign affairs and diplomatic consultations.

Sudanese-Egyptian relations have recently been witnessing remarkable tensions because of a number of issues, including the dispute over the issue of GERD, which Ethiopia is building on the main reaches of the Nile, and the dispute over the sovereignty of the Halaib Triangle.

On GERD, even though President Sisi stated his "extreme concern" over the lack of progress in the negotiations over the construction of Ethiopia's massive dam, Sisi explained that Egypt never had any problems with the developmental goals of the Nile Basin states, as long as they do not harm Egypt's interests. Addis Ababa says it will have no impact.

Ethiopia hopes the hydroelectric Grand Renaissance Dam will make it Africa's largest power exporter.

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Gebeyehu, who praised the historic relations among the two countries, also called for further strengthening the ties between Ethiopia and Egypt with due emphasis given to priority interest areas.

"We will never cause any harm to Egypt, we will do our best to guarantee a decent life to the sons of the Nile River, my country is ready to put end to all the problems between the two countries", Desalegn said.

Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed recently to deploy joint military forces to provide protection to their borders and the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD).

He stressed Egypt's commitment to strengthen security and strategic cooperation with Ethiopia. Desalegn arrived in this capital the day before for a two days visit. Egypt fears that the project will have a negative effect on its water share of Nile water.

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