Protection file

Sisi affirms his position on GERD and the protection of water security in Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday affirmed Egypt’s firm stance on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam file and the protection of water security in Egypt.

The president’s statements came during a dawn meeting with students and faculty members of the Military Academy.

In a statement, Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said Sisi reviewed Egypt’s position on foreign policy issues and issues related to the Middle East region.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said Egypt received a message from Ethiopia on July 26 that Ethiopia was continuing to fill the dam’s reservoir during the current flood season, a move Egypt rejects. and considers it a breach of obligations imposed by international law on Ethiopia.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry sent a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council on July 29 registering Egypt’s objection and complete rejection of Ethiopia’s unilateral pursuit of filling the GERD without reaching an agreement with Egypt and Sudan on the filling and operation of this dam.

Shoukry called on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities in this regard, including by intervening to ensure the implementation of the presidential statement issued by the Council, which obliges the three countries to negotiate in order to reach an agreement on GERD in soon as possible. .

Unsuccessful talks

Egypt and Sudan say they want a legally binding agreement on the operation of the dam, while Ethiopia says any pact should be consultative.

Egypt and Sudan see the dam as a threat to their vital water supplies, while Ethiopia sees it as essential for development and doubling its electricity production.

Downstream nations fear possible blows to water facilities, agricultural land and the overall availability of Nile water.

Negotiations over the dam between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have stalled for years, with the three sides ultimately failing to reach an agreement.

The disputed dam is Africa’s largest hydropower project, costing more than four billion dollars.