Press Release

Tuesday 22 October 2019
8:35 AM

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 22, 2019, the Arab Republic of Egypt expressed its shock, great concern and deep regret over the statements circulated by the media and attributed to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed before the Ethiopian Parliament, which, if accurate, included negative signals and unacceptable insinuations pertaining to the manner in which the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue is being dealt with. Egypt is bewildered by such statements as it is not appropriate to engage in such propositions entailing military options. Egypt is also strongly surprised by such statements, as they contradict the text, principles, and spirit of the African Union's Constitutive Act, and in light of the fact that Egypt has only addressed this matter through a framework of negotiations in accordance with the principles of international law, international legitimacy, and the principles of justice and equity. Indeed, Egypt, in full transparency and good faith over many years, has always called for, and was keen on, negotiations as a mean to resolve the differences pertaining to the GERD between the three countries.

The statement also expressed Egypt's astonishment at such statements, which come days after the Ethiopian Prime Minister received the Nobel Peace Prize, which we all celebrated; the Prize which should have prompted the Ethiopian side to demonstrate political will, flexibility, and good faith towards reaching a binding and comprehensive legal agreement that takes into account the interests of the three sisterly countries of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan. Indeed, such a highly sensitive issue with consequences on the capabilities of the three peoples cannot be addressed on the basis of illusory promises.

That said, Egypt has received an invitation from the United States' Administration, in light of its keenness on breaking the stalemate surrounding the GERD negotiations, to a meeting of the three Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia in Washington DC; an invitation that Egypt immediately accepted, in line with its steadfast policy to activate the terms of the Declaration of Principles and its confidence in the good offices exerted by the United States.