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Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and the Director of the General Intelligence Service, Gen. Abbas Kamel, met on August 28th with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa, as they conveyed a message from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, on means to support and enhance relations between Egypt and Ethiopia, and to implement what was agreed upon between the two countries’ leaders, as well as the developments of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations, in addition to a number of regional issues of common interest.
The ministerial delegation conveyed the Egyptian side's keenness to follow up progress on the path of enhancing the Egyptian-Ethiopian relations in all fields, so as to be in line with the aspirations of their two peoples. The delegation also hailed the constructive steps and initiatives adopted by the Ethiopian Prime Minister in order to promote stability and peace in the Eastern African region. In addition, they discussed developments of the GERD tripartite negotiations track, under their mutual keenness on implementing the 2015 Declaration of Principles and the outcome of the last nine-party meeting held in Addis Ababa in May 2018, as they stressed the need to push ahead with the existing negotiation tracks and to overcome any obstacles to guarantee reaching the required understanding on the GERD project in a manner that ensures realizing Ethiopia’s developmental interests and preserving Egypt's water security.
On the other hand, the two sides affirmed their eagerness on activating the Trilateral Fund for Financing Development and Investment Projects between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, and to increase trade exchange and Egyptian investments in Ethiopia. They examined as well regional developments in the Horn of Africa and the ongoing efforts aimed at enhancing security, stability and peace in this region, especially with the approaching assumption of the African Union presidency by Egypt early next year, and the importance that the country attaches for promoting security and stability across the continent.
Finally, they tackled preparations for a summit meeting to be held between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Ethiopian Prime Minister on the sidelines of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation in Beijing in early September.