FM Shoukry reasserts Egypt's firm stance in the GERD dispute to his Congolese counterpart

Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Oct 2022

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reasserted to Christophe Lutundula, the foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt’s firm stand on reaching a legally binding agreement based on international laws between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in the dispute over the operation and filing of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Sameh Shoukry   Christophe Lutundula
Egypt s Foreign Minister and the 27th Session of the United Nations of Climate Change Conference Sameh Shoukry with Congolese Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula during their meeting in Kinshasa on Tuesday 4 October, 2022. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Foreign ministry Facebook page.

 

This came during a meeting between the two top diplomats on Tuesday on the sidelines of the first preparatory meeting for the COP27 (pre-COP27 meetings) in Kinshasa. 

The last round of AU-sponsored talks between the three countries, which were hosted by the DRC as the chair of the AU in 2021, ended in a stalemate.

Ethiopia has refused in years of negotiations to sign any legally binding agreements in the GERD dispute, opting to conduct three separate fillings of the dam unilaterally.

Shoukry and Lutundula also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, according to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

The Egyptian foreign minister affirmed to Lutundula that Cairo is keen on fostering security and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), citing Egypt’s participation in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) since its launching more than 20 years ago.

He added that the operation of the first direct airline between Cairo and Kinshasa since March fosters economic relations between the two countries.

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