GERD: New Gulf Support for Egypt, Sudan

 Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo
Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo
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GERD: New Gulf Support for Egypt, Sudan

 Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo
Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

The Gulf States expressed support to Egypt and Sudan in their dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam on the Nile River.

The GCC Ministerial Council rejected “any action or measure that affects their water rights,” stressing “support for all endeavors that would contribute to resolving the file in a manner that takes into account the interests of all parties."

“Water security for Egypt and Sudan is an integral part of Arab national security,” read the final statement issued by the meeting of the GCC foreign ministers on Thursday, at the headquarters of the General Secretariat in Riyadh.

It added: “The GCC states reject any action or measure that affects their rights in the Nile waters,” calling for the necessity to reach an agreement in accordance with the principles of international law and the presidential statement of the Security Council issued on September 15, 2021.

Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud Mahran, Secretary-General of the International Committee for the Defense of Water Resources, member of the American Society of International Law, praised the Gulf support for Egypt’s stance and its legitimate rights in the file of the Renaissance Dam.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Mahran emphasized the need to maintain international pressure on Ethiopia, in order to reach a legal agreement over the dates for filling and operating the dam, in accordance with the rules of international law.

Ethiopia announced last month the completion of the third filling of the dam reservoir. The dam is built on the main tributary of the Nile, and raises tensions with the two downstream countries.

Egypt and Sudan demand that Ethiopia stop filling the dam until an agreement is reached between the three parties on the operation mechanism. But since April 2021, the negotiations between the three countries, which are being held under the auspices of the African Union, have been frozen, after they failed to make a breakthrough. The situation forced Egypt to resort to the UN Security Council to demand pressure on Ethiopia through international partners, with the aim to reach an agreement that satisfies all parties.



G7 Urges Hamas to Accept Gaza Truce Deal

Children stand in the rubble of a collapsed building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 9, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
Children stand in the rubble of a collapsed building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 9, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
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G7 Urges Hamas to Accept Gaza Truce Deal

Children stand in the rubble of a collapsed building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 9, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
Children stand in the rubble of a collapsed building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 9, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

G7 leaders on Thursday called on Palestinian militant group Hamas to accept a roadmap towards a ceasefire in Gaza announced by US President Joe Biden in May.

The UN Security Council had supported the plan and "now it is important that everyone implements it," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at the Group of Seven summit in Italy.

"We therefore call on Hamas in particular to give the necessary consent so that this can now work," he said, AFP reported.

Biden launched a new US effort late last month to secure a truce and hostage release.

However the deal remains uncertain as Hamas officials have insisted that any ceasefire agreement must guarantee a permanent end to the war -- a demand Israel has firmly rejected.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who is hosting the summit, said she confirmed "the unanimous support for the US mediation proposal for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza".

The G7, which also includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the US, also called for "the release of all hostages, and for a significant increase in humanitarian assistance to the civilian population of Gaza", she said.