Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly met on Sunday with his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed on the sidelines of the 11th African Union Extraordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, delivering a message from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.
The prime minister affirmed Egypt’s keenness on bolstering the level of relations between the two countries to a full partnership, noting his country’s readiness to exchange expertise in the field of constructing new cities and roads in Ethiopia, in light of the development plan adopted by Addis Ababa.
He also stressed the necessity that the partnership between both countries should ensure the fulfilling the aspirations of the two brotherly people in development and in preservation of their water interests.
The Ethiopian premier affirmed his country’s commitment to completing technical negotiations in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance file, based on the agreement and mutual understanding reached in 2015.
In August, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed to overcome obstacles in negotiations over the disputed dam project Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile that Cairo fears will diminish its water supplies, Egypt’s foreign ministry said.
During the August talks, officials discussed efforts to implement a 2015 agreement signed by Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan over Nile water rights and addressed decisions made by the officials of the three countries during talks in May, which broke months of deadlock.
These decisions include setting up a scientific study group to consult the nations on the process of filling the reservoir of the 6,000-megawatt dam and that the leaders of the three nations will meet every six months for consultations.