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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Foreign Minister Denies Contradiction on Positions of Sudan and Egypt on GERD

Khartoum - Foreign Minister Dr.  Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed announced a planned summit between the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir, and his

Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, in October in Khartoum, adding at a press conference in Cairo, “I conveyed to the President Al-Sisi invitation from Al Bashir to visit Khartoum in October.
The minister said on Tuesday that his meeting with Shukri was frank and transparent, adding “We have touched upon the most important and complex problems of the Nile Valley, and we are determined to overcome these differences and address various regional issues, in particular the developments in South Sudan and Libya, and we agree to double the coordination between the two countries."
On the situation in Libya, the minister said, "We look forward that Libyans fulfilling a comprehensive agreement that goes beyond the current crisis that causes negative effects."
On GERD, the minister said, "Some think there is a disparity in attitudes or a contradiction about the Renaissance Dam and that is not true.  There are reference agreements between Sudan and Egypt that determine how the two countries deal with the other basin countries, and the two nations respect them,", indicating that the three countries have made an estimated progress, adding,  "it is true there are problems and challenges that emerge from time to time being, as we are at pivotal stage and coming to a very important development in the basin, but the existence of mechanisms has contributed to the convergence of the positions of the three countries."
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said the meeting dealt with bilateral relations and that they agreed on a monthly periodicity of the political consultation mechanism to deal with all sub-issues and to coordinate on regional and international issues, saying that they discussed regional issues including developments in Libya and South Sudan, and GERD, and Sudan-Egypt-Ethiopia relations, noting that there is a great deal of consensus in the visions of these issues. "
Al-Dirdiri met Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, where the minister said he had talked with him on the need to inform the Sudanese and Egyptian peoples on the joint meeting between the two countries.