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Al-Sisi meets African leaders on sidelines of FOCAC 2018

Both sides stressed intention to reach agreement on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

On the sidelines of the Forum on the China–Africa Cooperation FOCAC 2018, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi met on Monday with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abey Ahmed.

The meeting with Kiir included discussing ways of pushing forward cooperation between both countries, as well as the recent political and security developments in South Sudan.

Al-Sisi reaffirmed to Kirr support for the political road map that has been drawn up in South Sudan and said that Egypt will continue to provide support to the formulated political agreement.

As For his meeting with the Ethiopian leader, Al-Sisi stressed the importance of Egypt’s relations with Ethiopia and its keenness to enhance communication and cooperation and to consolidate the principles of joint action to achieve the interests of both countries in the framework of mutual benefit and not to harm the interests of any party.

While the Ethiopian Prime Minister expressed his keenness to meet again with President Al-Sisi since his last visit to Cairo in June 2018 to consult on ways to push forward the relations between the two sides.

The meeting reviewed the developments of a number of bilateral issues, as both sides stressed their intention to reach an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which guarantees Egypt’s water rights in the Nile River, while preserving the rights of the Ethiopian side to achieve development without prejudice toward any party.

They also agreed on the importance of enhancing economic cooperation and trade exchange between the two countries during the coming period.

Al-Sisi arrived in China on Saturday for a four-day visit, set to participate in FOCAC. Al-Sisi visited China four times in the past three years, while the Chinese President Xi Jinping paid an historical visit to Egypt early in 2016 to boost relations between the two countries.

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