Bahrain King urges Ethiopia to give up unilateral GERD policy

MENA , Wednesday 29 Jun 2022

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has reiterated Bahrain’s full support to the Egyptian water security as an integral part of Arab water security, a joint Egyptian-Bahraini statement read after President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s meeting with the king on Wednesday.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi meets with Bahrain s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Manama. Egyptian Presidency

 

The king has urged Ethiopia to give up its unilateral policy and abide by relevant international law rules with regards to filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the statement said.

King Hamad also underlined the importance of holding negotiations with Egypt and Sudan to reach a binding agreement in this regard in implementation of the presidential statement issued by the Security Council in September 2021.

The Bahraini king expressed full support of all measures taken by Egypt to protect national security.

The statement affirmed that the two countries share close views towards regional and international issues in a way that better serves Arab interests and preserves regional security.

Palestinian cause

The two countries underlined the importance of stepping up efforts to reach a just and comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

They called for creating real prospects to guarantee resumption of serious and effective negotiations that will bring about peace in accordance with the principle of the two-state solution, international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

This should ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the June 1967 borders, the statement said.

The two leaders expressed support of international efforts aiming at reaching a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis in accordance with relevant international terms of reference and the Saudi initiative.

Bringing stability across Yemen

They also expressed support of the presidential leadership council in Yemen in its efforts to bring about security, stability and development across Yemen.

The Bahraini side lauded Egypt's response to a request by Yemen and the UN to operate direct flights between Cairo and Sanaa to alleviate sufferings of Yemeni people.

Supporting Libya

The statement underlined the importance of supporting legitimate Libyan institutions to carry out their hoped-for role. It lauded the honest decisions issued by the Libyan parliament as the only elected body responsible for materialising the aspirations of the brotherly Libyan people.

They called for getting all foreign troops and mercenaries immediately out of Libya without any delay in implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 2570 and 2571, Paris summit outcomes and resolutions adopted by the Arab League, the African Union and Libya's neighboring countries mechanism.

Iranian interference

The two countries agreed on backing Arab efforts aiming at getting Iran abide by international principles as regards non-interference in the internal affairs of countries to spare the region any activity aiming at jeopardizing its stability, including backing armed militia and threatening maritime navigation and international shipping routes.

They also expressed support of international efforts aiming at banning Iran from possessing nuclear weapons.

GCC+3 Summit

The statement also welcomed the summit to be hosted by Saudi Arabia that will bring together leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and the US, known as (GCC+3) Summit.

The statement expressed hope that the summit would come up with fruitful results that will enhance the strategic partnership between the participating countries and the US.

Ukraine crisis

The two sides reviewed the latest developments in Ukraine, underlining the importance of ceasing fire and resorting to dialogue to settle the conflict by peaceful means.

They also expressed support of international efforts aiming at settling the conflict by peaceful means and providing protection to civilians to preserve security and stability across Europe.

June revolution, COP27

The Bahraini side greeted the Egyptian government and people on the anniversary of June 30 Revolution that marks a turning point in the history of Egypt, saying this revolution enriched the values of citizenship and moderation.

The Bahraini king also congratulated Egypt for its hosting of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) to take place in November in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

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