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Sisi, Burhan Call for Legally Binding Agreement on GERD

Sisi, Burhan Call for Legally Binding Agreement on GERD

Thursday, 31 March, 2022 - 10:30
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Head of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Cairo on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. (Egyptian Presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discussed Wednesday with Head of Sudan’s Sovereign Transitional Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan the latest regional developments and bilateral ties.

They agreed to carry on intensive consultations and joint coordination on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issues, considering it a matter of national security.

The officials also reaffirmed their unwavering stance in seeking a legally binding agreement on the rules of filling and operating the mega dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile River in a way that achieves the three countries’ common interests.

Cairo underlined the importance of joint action, provided that current developments do not affect efforts to help Sudan achieve political and economic stability and maintain security.

Both countries issued a joint statement underlining the importance of boosting economic ties and increasing trade exchange in a way that amounts to the existing momentum in political relations and historical ties that unite the two brotherly peoples.

Egypt vowed to send aid packages and logistical and humanitarian support to Sudan, provide technical support to Sudanese cadres and activate all bilateral cooperation programs based on Cairo’s unlimited support for Khartoum.

Sudan said it is proud of the firm ties between the two countries on all levels.

It commended the “mutual efforts to promote joint bilateral cooperation and Egypt’s sincere and relentless support to preserve Sudan’s safety and stability.

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