On the sidelines of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, Dr. Tedros Adhanom held discussions with Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shoukri, on Tuesday (January 27) on issues related to the achievements made so far in the Tripartite Dam Talks as well as the high level political discussions of the two countries. The two Ministers briefed journalists the areas dwelt during their bilateral discussions.
Speaking to the media, Dr Tedros recalled that the two countries have had regular engagements at all levels as per the agreements made by the leaders of the two nations in Malabo last year to hold regular engagement at all levels. He said today’s bilateral discussions are part of the agreement made in Malabo. He also said that both countries are continuing dialogue at technical, Water and Foreign Ministers and at Heads of State meeting level. He went on to add that the leaders of the two countries have so far met twice and they will be meeting in Addis Ababa at the margins of the 24th AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government Summit.
He said that this high level engagement will help drive the technical level forward. Dr Tedros said that he had candid and productive discussions with his counterpart, Minister Sameh Shoukri and added that the key point of the meeting was evaluating the progress made in the Tripartite Dam Talks and ways to help the technical level expedite the process of the two studies recommended by the International Panel of Experts. He also mentioned that the discussions also focused on evaluating the progress made so far at high level political discussions, assessing the weaknesses and devising mechanisms to improve the relations.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said in the last six months both countries have had “productive relationship”, which paved the way to address issues of common interest in “a very candid and transparent’ manner. He said on all issues of common interest, he “tries to look it from Ethiopians’ eyes and that I have every indication that Dr Tedros views the issues from the eyes of Egyptian Government and People.” Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, who also noted that both countries have reinforced the achievements of the technical committee, emphasized that “We look forward that the political commitment on both sides will help in achieving greater progress.”
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