Renaissance Dam: Egypt’s Messages Delivered to Tanzania
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has met with Tanzanian leaders to press Cairo’s case in the dispute with Ethiopia over the Nile dam on his its third stop in Africa.
Shourky met on Thursday with his Tanzanian counterpart, Palamagamba Kabudi, and delivered a message from President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Tanzanian President John Magufuli to explain Cairo’s position on the dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, and the latest developments in the negotiations with Addis Ababa.
An Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement said Shoukry was unable to meet with the Tanzanian president, who was visiting flood-stricken areas in his country.
Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said the Tanzanian FM voiced appreciation of Egypt's efforts and the flexibility it has shown in the US-sponsored talks to reach an agreement that would safeguard the interests of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.
Shoukry praised Egyptian-Tanzanian relations, reaffirming Cairo's keenness on supporting Tanzania's development efforts, Hafez said.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister also explained the developments in the five-year talks on the dam until the latest Washington-sponsored draft agreement.
He said the agreement is “fair and balanced” and it meets the interests of the three Nile basin countries.
Cairo and Addis Ababa have sent diplomatic envoys to various countries, following the stalled negotiations in Washington.
The Egyptian FM embarked on an African tour on Tuesday from Burundi.
Shoukry also visited South Africa and he expects to stop in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Niger, and Rwanda where the FM is delivering a message from Sisi to the leaders of the African continent.
Shoukry has already been on an Arab and European tour to press its case in the dispute with Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Last week, he visited France and Belgium after making stops in each of Jordan, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan had expected to sign the agreement in Washington last month, but Ethiopia skipped the meeting and only Egypt has initialed the deal thus far.