The Egyptian House of Representatives attacked the Ethiopian government following the Security Council session that discussed the future of Egypt and Sudan’s water quotas due to the second unilateral filling by Addis Ababa.
Parliament Speaker, Counselor Hanafi El-Gabali, said that Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed the Security Council expressing the Egyptian position on the crucial issue.
El-Gabali indicated that Cairo is following up with the international community to reach a binding agreement to fill and operate the dam in coordination with the African Parliament.
A fair agreement for the Renaissance Dam
The Speaker of Parliament said that reaching a fair agreement on the issue of the Renaissance Dam prevents the region from sliding into conflict, adding, “We are confident that we will overcome the challenge we are facing with strength and achieve a new victory.”
He said: “Egypt did not stand in the way of the brothers and refuses to violate its water right, and the Ethiopian behavior carries unjustified intransigence, which the Egyptian state rejects altogether.”
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For his part, Representative Diaa El-Din Daoud, a member of the House of Representatives, said that, as a member of the Egyptian Parliament, he warns against manipulating peoples’ destiny.
He added in a press statement: “Ethiopia’s use by the Zionist entity and its client base in the region to pressure Egypt to acquiesce in the face of Zionist hopes to threaten the river’s course to achieve the ultimate goal of the Zionists since the announcement of their usurpation of the Arab land in Palestine by the realization of Greater Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates is purely and they will not be achieved.”
And the deputy continued, “The last message of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia came to cut doubts when he spoke that the dam could be a source of cooperation between our three countries.”
He continued: “Therefore, the Egyptian Prime Time Zone are waiting for their leadership and army to resolve these ambitions in a way that preserves for Egypt its prestige, dignity, pride and survival.”
Shukri trip to Belgium
For his part, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry went to the Belgian capital, Brussels, to deliver a message from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the President of the European Council.
Ahmed Hafez, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Shoukry is scheduled to hold a meeting with the foreign ministers of the European Union countries and bilateral meetings with a number of his European counterparts and senior officials of the European Commission to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues of common concern.
On the other hand, and in line with the Egyptian moves, Sudan called, on Saturday, to resume talks on the Ethiopian “Renaissance” dam, according to statements by the Sudanese Minister of Irrigation, Yasser Abbas.
“Sudan welcomes the participation of the UN Security Council on the Renaissance Dam and calls for the resumption of the enhanced negotiation process,” Abbas said.
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Abbas urged Ethiopia to “refrain from taking more unilateral measures related to the Renaissance Dam.”
Dam negotiations failed
Zakkan, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, informed the Security Council, in the famous session on Thursday, July 9, 2021, that the efforts led by the African Union regarding the Ethiopian “Renaissance” dam “has reached a dead end.”
This came in the statement of the Egyptian minister during the Security Council session on the dam, the second of its kind after the first last year, to move the stalemate of negotiations between the three countries.
Shoukry said, “What Egypt wants is a legally binding agreement that protects our interests, and we came to the Security Council in search of a peaceful solution and in order to avoid the dire consequences that may result if an agreement is not reached.”
He also demanded that the Council assume its responsibilities and take the necessary measures to ensure that the parties engage in effective negotiations leading to an agreement that achieves common interests.
Ethiopia had notified the downstream countries of the Nile, Egypt and Sudan, to start the process of a second filling of the dam with water, without reaching a tripartite agreement, which Cairo and Khartoum rejected, as a unilateral measure.
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