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Egypt and Sudan issued a joint statement to push for bilateral cooperation

Cairo – Mubasher: The governments of Egypt and Sudan issued a joint statement on ways to advance bilateral cooperation, and the developments of the Renaissance Dam file.

Today, Friday, the Egyptian Cabinet stated that the joint press release came against the background of the visit of the Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, to Cairo on March 11 and 12, 2021.

The statement affirmed that work will continue to strengthen the eternal and strategic relations between Egypt and Sudan, and that the stances, visions and common interests between the governments of the two countries will continue to be coordinated.

Yesterday, Cairo received Abdullah Hamdok on an official visit accompanied by a high-level delegation, which included the ministers of Cabinet Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance and Economic Planning, Trade and Supply, Irrigation and Water Resources, Transport, Investment and International Cooperation, Health, and the Director of General Intelligence.

The visit came within the framework of continuous consultations and mutual visits between the two sides, the latest of which was the important visit by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Sudan last Saturday.

The prime ministers of Egypt and Sudan discussed, in a closed session, the most important issues of common interest, before heading the delegations of their countries in an expanded formal session that discussed frameworks and proposals for cooperation between the two brotherly countries in the next phase.

Ministers from both sides held bilateral meetings to discuss proposals and detailed programs for cooperation between each ministry and its counterpart.

During the talks, the prime ministers of the two countries, Mustafa Madbouly and Abdullah Hamdok, affirmed their commitment to pushing forward means of bilateral cooperation in various fields, especially with regard to transferring the Egyptian experience in economic reform, and moving forward with the implementation of the two electrical interconnection projects and raising the capacity to 240 megawatts next summer.

The talks also dealt with linking railways and strengthening land, sea, river and air transport through restructuring the Nile Valley Authority for River Navigation, raising its competitiveness, developing its fleet, and activating the Sudanese-Egyptian Joint Technical Committee.

The discussions witnessed a discussion of activating the permanent joint Egyptian-Sudanese technical committee, in addition to working on holding the joint commercial and technical committee at the earliest opportunity, and ways to activate cooperation in the field of medium and small enterprises, especially the transformational food industry, the meat industry, and the establishment of quarries.

With regard to the Renaissance Dam file, the two sides’ visions of the utmost importance attached to this file by the leaderships and peoples of the two countries coincided, and the continuing emphasis on the constants pertaining to this file.

They stressed the importance of reaching a binding legal agreement on filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in a manner that achieves the interests of the three countries and limits the damages of this project to the two downstream countries.

The two countries indicated that they have political will and a serious desire to achieve this goal at the earliest possible opportunity. They also called on Ethiopia to show goodwill and engage in an effective negotiation process in order to reach this agreement.

Egypt affirmed its support for Sudan’s proposal on developing the negotiation mechanism sponsored by the African Union through the formation of an international quartet led and led by the Democratic Republic of the Congo in its capacity as the current chair of the African Union, in addition to the United Nations, the European Union and the United States to mediate the negotiations.

The two countries welcomed the announcement by the UN Secretary-General to support the Quartet mediation initiative, and informed them of Ethiopia’s approval of this formula to get the negotiations out of the current impasse.