Cairo, Khartoum stress agreement on Ethiopian dam

CAIRO, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and his visiting Sudanese counterpart Omar Al-Bashir Sunday agreed to pursue working together to reach a deal on a controversial Ethiopian dam at an early date.

The agreement came during a press conference held by both leaders following bilateral talks in Cairo.

Al-Sisi said during the conference that they had addressed an array of key issues and topics, chiefly the latest developments of the Horn of Africa, support to a peace deal in South Sudan and Arab-African cooperation.

The talks touched upon cooperation between Cairo and Khartoum in the economic realm, along with power grid and railway connection projects, Al-Sisi added.

The visit by the Sudanese leader capped a whole year of efforts to promote and bolster bilateral relations and continuing coordination between both Arab neighbors regarding issues of mutual interest, the Egyptian leader.

On his part, the Sudanese president voiced full satisfaction with the level of bilateral relations in economic, political, security and military domains, saying that both sides share the same views on several issues and the latest regional developments.

He added that the issue of the Ethiopian dam is of paramount significance to Egypt and Sudan, stressing that there should be some agreement with Ethiopian for ensuring the rights of Egypt and Sudan in view of the River Nile’s water.

Al-Bashir appreciated the Egyptian leader’s support to Sudan since the outbreak of anti-government protests in Sudan.

Source: Kuwait News Agency