Egyptian President and King of Bahrain discuss developments on “Renaissance Dam”

AA / Egypt

Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi on Thursday discussed with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa, the latest developments on the issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

This is what emerges from a meeting held in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, located in the northeast of the country, between Sisi and Al-Khalifa, according to a statement made public by the Egyptian Presidency. No details were released, however, about the Bahraini monarch’s visit to Egypt.

The meeting focused on the latest developments on the Renaissance Dam issue, in light of the recent UN Security Council presidential statement issued to this effect, according to the same source.

The UN Security Council adopted a presidential statement on Wednesday (15 countries) calling on Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia to resume negotiations under the auspices of the African Union (AU ).

“The King of Bahrain reiterated the solidarity and support of his country to Egypt and Sudan as well as to all that preserves their legitimate rights and the security of the Nile water”, adds the Egyptian Presidency in its communicated.

Al-Khalifa also expressed support for efforts to reach a just and comprehensive agreement on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam.

Earlier Thursday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed, at a press conference held in Cairo with his Congolese counterpart, Christophe Lutundula, his country’s aspiration to resume negotiations on the Dam.

Addis Ababa says, in this context, that it aims to generate electricity from the said Dam for development purposes.

It should be recalled that Cairo and Khartoum call for the conclusion of a legally binding tripartite agreement to preserve their hydraulic installations.

* Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni

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