Egypt: Foreign Minister to Meet Ethiopian Counterpart in September


BUSH EGYPT USAAugust 23, 2013 – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi will meet with his Ethiopian counterpart, Tedros Adhanom, next September, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. In a phone call, Fahmi and Adhanom discussed issues of common interestand ways to boost bilateral relations between Egypt and Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s plans to build a dam on the River Nile raises fears on the future of Egypt’s water resources, especially after the Blue Nile’s course was diverted in preparation for the building of the $4.7 billion dam.

The foreign ministry stated in July that Egypt is deeply worried about Ethiopia’s unresponsiveness to an invitation extended by Egypt’s minister of water resources and irrigation.

The minister of water resources called for holding a meeting in Cairo in order to discuss the implementation of an international experts committee’s recommendations for the dam.