Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi that Moscow will oppose any interference in Egypt’s historical water rights in the Nile.
Ethiopia is building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River’s main tributary, which Egypt and Sudan deem a major threat if it is filled and operated without a legally binding agreement.
In a meeting with the Egyptian leader on Monday, Lavrov highlighted Russia’s firm position rejecting any interference in Egypt’s historical water rights in the Nile, and rejected unilateral actions in this regard.
He also voiced appreciation for Egypt’s efforts to resolve the issue.
Lavrov said that Russia is looking forward to reaching a solution for all parties, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, on the filling and operation of the dam through negotiations.
El-Sisi said the lack of resolution of this issue would affect the security and stability of the region.
El-Sisi also discussed the Egyptian efforts to support the new interim government in Libya at various bilateral, regional and international forums, stressing the need to clear Libya of mercenaries.
#Tunisia stands by Egypt’s water rights #EgyptNileRights— Nervana Mahmoud (@Nervana_1) April 10, 2021
Earlier, #SouthSudan released similar statement.
Ethiopia is getting less and less popular because of its hostile policies https://t.co/Z9eUYB2GH4
Illegal foreign interference in Libyan affairs is fueling the crisis, he said.
Lavrov underlined Cairo’s role, especially the president’s personal efforts, to prepare a political pathway in Libya.
He said that this underlined Egypt’s role in regional security and stability, adding that Russia seeks to continue cooperation and coordination with Cairo on the issue.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry briefed Lavrov on the recent consultations over the dam held in Kinshasa in the presence of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
He said that communication will continue with Russia over the issue as it is an active member of the UN Security Council, and because of its diplomatic capabilities and its impact in the international arena.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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