Cairo – Sputnik | The Foreign Ministers of Egypt and Sudan considered that Ethiopia’s implementation of the second phase of filling the Renaissance Dam is a direct threat to the water security of the two countries.
Today, Tuesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi discussed a number of ways of cooperation between the two countries, in addition to the crisis of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, where they expressed concern about the stalled negotiations, and stressed the need to reach a binding agreement on filling and operating the dam that preserves the interests of the three countries. .
The two sides issued a joint statement reviewing the results of the Sudanese minister’s visit to Egypt, in which they expressed “concern about the stalled negotiations that took place under the auspices of the African Union, and stressed that Ethiopia’s implementation of the second phase of filling the Renaissance Dam unilaterally would pose a direct threat to the water security of Egypt and Sudan. ” .
The statement added, “This measure will be a material breach of the Declaration of Principles agreement concluded between the three countries in Khartoum on March 23, 2015.”
The two ministers stressed the need to continue coordination and continuous consultations between the two countries in this vital file, and they also agreed to inform the brotherly Arab countries of the developments in these negotiations.
This comes coinciding with the signing of the two countries today, Tuesday, an agreement for military cooperation between the two countries, on the sidelines of a visit by the Egyptian Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army, Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid, to Khartoum.
The Sudanese army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Muhammad Othman Al-Hussein, said after the signing that the aim of the agreement is “to achieve national security for the two countries to build armed forces full of experience and knowledge,” directing “thanks to Egypt for standing by Sudan in difficult situations.”
For his part, Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid, Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, affirmed that Cairo seeks to “consolidate ties and relations with Sudan in all fields, especially military and security, and solidarity as a strategic approach imposed by the regional and international environment.”
The Egyptian Chief of Staff added that “Sudan and Egypt face common challenges and that there are multiple threats facing the national security in the two countries,” expressing his country’s readiness to meet all Sudan’s requests in all military fields, describing the level of military cooperation with Sudan as “unprecedented.”