After Failure of Renaissance Dam Negotiations, Egypt to Take Appropriate Measures to Protect Water Security

The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, accompanied by the Sudanese delegation coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after the failure of the tripartite negotiations on the Renaissance Dam crisis between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

“Egypt will take what it deems appropriate in the coming period to protect national water security, and to prevent damage to Egypt’s share of water,” he stresses.

According to media reports quoting informed sources, Shukri plans to hold talks with the Sudanese side in Khartoum, after the negotiations failed as a result of Ethiopia’s intransigent position, and rejected several proposals made by the Egyptian and Sudanese sides during the talks.

It is noteworthy that the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed, Tuesday, that the Congo negotiations on the Renaissance Dam crisis had ended by failure.

“The Ethiopian side has always rejected the entire different thesis on the Renaissance Dam crisis, which reached the point of disavowing the procedures on which the negotiations were based from the beginning,” the Egyptian Foreign Minister said after the conclusion of the negotiations.

“Egypt will take what it deems appropriate in the coming period to protect national water security, and to prevent damage to Egypt’s share of water,” he also stressed.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister described any talk about the second filling of the Renaissance Dam unilaterally or the operation of the dam as an “irresponsible act.” Stressing that “filling the Renaissance Dam unilaterally predicts dangerous developments that threaten the region, peace and international security, and Egypt and Sudan will not allow any harm to occur to them.”

On the other hand, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Egypt and Sudan of “undermining” the negotiation process on the Renaissance Dam, confirming its intention to fill the dam “according to the scheduled schedule.”

The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry indicated in a statement, on Tuesday, that Addis Ababa had rejected, during the negotiations, the proposal to grant the observers from South Africa, the United States and the European Union the same status that the African Union enjoys in the process.

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