Tunisia Expresses Support to Egypt in Reaching Agreement on GERD

A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019. (AFP)
A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019. (AFP)
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Tunisia Expresses Support to Egypt in Reaching Agreement on GERD

A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019. (AFP)
A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019. (AFP)

Tunisia has expressed its support to Egypt in reaching an agreement over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Tunisian Ambassador to Cairo Mohamed ben Youssef said the dam is a matter of national security to Egypt and Sudan.

The last round of talks in April between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan over the dam ended with no progress. They failed to reach an agreement regulating the filling and operation of the dam, which Addis Ababa built on the main tributary of the Nile to generate electric power, prompting Egypt and Sudan to urge the United Nations Security Council to tackle the crisis.

In televised statements, ben Youssef said his country’s stance on the GERD stems from its duty towards its major sisterly country Egypt.

He stressed that Tunisia hopes to reach a legally binding agreement that takes into account the rights of the three concerned countries.

Egypt and Sudan have been negotiating with Ethiopia for almost 10 years to conclude a legal agreement.

Earlier this year, the Ethiopian government announced the completion of the second filling of the GERD reservoir.



Iraq Says No Green Light to Turkish Operations in Kurdistan

Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
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Iraq Says No Green Light to Turkish Operations in Kurdistan

Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said on Friday his country hasn’t given Türkiye the green light to carry out operations in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

In televised remarks, he said the Baghdad government needs to hold more “security discussions with Turkish officials, even though it recognizes that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is also an Iraqi problem.”

He added that the Turkish army has been deployed in some Iraqi territories since 1991.

The deployment will be discussed during meetings with Turkish officials that will be held soon, he revealed.

Previous discussions with Türkiye did not yield an agreement over the security file, continued the FM. Türkiye is tying its deployment to the presence of the PKK.

Given that the group is present in Iraq, then it must also be dealt with in an “Iraqi way,” he went on to say.

The Turkish military’s incursion of 40 kms inside Iraqi territory had sparked widespread political and popular uproar.

Iraq’s national security council convened to address the issue.

Spokesman of the armed forces Yahya Rasool said the council tackled the Turkish violations and interference in the joint Iraqi-Turkish border regions.

He stressed Baghdad’s rejection of the incursion and undermining of Iraq’s territorial integrity.

Türkiye must respect the principles of good neighborliness and work diplomatically with the Iraqi government and coordinate with it over any security issue, he added.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani had dispatched a delegation led by the national security council head to Kurdistan to discuss general affairs and come up with a unified position over Iraq’s sovereignty.