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Yasser Abbas to hold presser before New York summit

The Sudanese Minister of Irrigation, Prof. Yasser Abbas, will hold a press conference regarding the Renaissance Dam case before departing to New York to participate in the UN Security Council’s emergency session.

AlTaghyeer: Khartoum: Sara Taj al-Sir

On Monday, the Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Professor Yasser Abbas, is expected to leave for New York, joining the Sudanese delegation participating in the emergency session of the UN Security Council on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Before leaving the country, the Minister of Irrigation will hold a press conference on the session of the UN Security Council regarding the Renaissance Dam, at 4:00 p.m. Monday, on Sudan News Agency’s platform.

It is regarded that the foreign affairs minister, Dr. Maryam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, had already left for New York on Sunday evening, according to diplomatic sources.

In her address to the Security Council on June 21, Maryam al-Mahdi called for holding a session on the conflict and discussing its impact on the peace and security of millions living on the Nile.

She stressed the need to obligate each party not to take any unilateral measures.

Dr. Maryam also called on Ethiopia to refrain from a second filling, which is likely to exacerbate the crisis, endangering international peace and security.

Khartoum’s Position

AlTaghyeer learned from diplomatic sources that the two ministers will conduct a series of meetings with a number of their counterparts in the permanent and non-permanent member states of the Security Council prior to the session, with the aim of coordinating efforts and positions.

During the meetings, the Sudanese delegation will convey Khartoum’s position on the renaissance dam and the threats it poses to the lives of 20 million Sudanese, in addition to the risks posed by its water facilities.

Sudan hopes to garner support for its stance, calling for an effective dispute-settlement process on outstanding issues, and the conclusion of a binding, equitable, sustainable and mutually acceptable agreement.

On Sunday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in New York to participate in the session, according to Egyptian media.

Saturday, Sudan welcomed the response of the President of the Security Council to his request to hold a session to discuss the dispute over the Ethiopian dam on July 8.

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