Shoukry to NYC to Attend Security Council GERD Session
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry heads to the United States in preparation for the United Nations Security Council scheduled session to address the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Today, Sunday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to New York City to prepare for the United Nations Security Council session to address the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam's issue.
Shoukry said that his country is not surprised by the UN Security Council's position on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis.
He said that the council's president, Nicolas de Riviere, and the French ambassador to the United Nations said last Thursday that "the council does not have much it can do" regarding the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis.
De Riviere had also said that the council had no choice but to invite the parties to enter into negotiations, which will happen during a session scheduled on the Renaissance Dam next Thursday.
Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez stated that Shoukry is also scheduled to hold a series of intensive meetings in New York with a number of his counterparts, permanent delegates of Security Council member states, and United Nations officials.
It is based on the need to reach a binding legal agreement on filling and operating the dam that takes into account the interests of the three countries and preserves Egypt's water rights and interests.
In this context, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stressed today, Sunday, that it is not permissible to continue negotiating with Ethiopia on the Renaissance Dam indefinitely.
During the opening of the "3rd of July Naval Base" in the port of Jarjoub on the northwest coast of Egypt, Sisi said that Cairo understands the development requirements of Ethiopia, but without being at the expense of others.