The Blue Nile is seen as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir fills near the border between Ethiopia and Sudan, in this wide spectral image taken on November 6, 2020. NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems and US/Japan ASTER Science Team/ Handout via Reuters
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has pointed to Egypt’s unwavering stance in seeking a legally binding agreement over the massive dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile River.
He said the deal should meet the interests of all parties and protect the historic water rights of the two downstream countries – Egypt and Sudan.
Sisi made his position during a phone call with Tunisian President Kais Saied, who expressed his full support for anything that would protect Egypt’s water security.
The call between them came as the United Nations Security Council met to discuss the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Ethiopia’s prime minister on Friday tried to reassure Egypt and Sudan that filling his country’s massive new dam “will not cause significant harm” to the two nations.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed explained in a tweet that “the Renaissance Dam can be a source of cooperation for our three countries and beyond”.
Thursday’s Council meeting was organized on behalf of Cairo and Khartoum at the request of Tunisia.
The Egyptian president thanks Tunisia for trying to break the deadlock and supporting Egypt’s stance with the aim of reaching a binding agreement on the rules for filling and operating the dam.
According to Sisi, Cairo and Sudan only resorted to the Security Council as a result of Ethiopia’s “intransigence”.