Maryam al-Mahdi, Sameh Shoukry: Sudan and Egypt refuse Ethiopia’s unilateral second-filling operations

The Foreign Affairs Ministers of both Sudan and Egypt, Maryam al-Mahdi and Sameh Shoukry (respectively), agreed to intensify joint efforts to urge the UN Security Council to support the two countries’ legitimate demands to reach a binding legal agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The Sudanese mission to the United Nations said in a press statement today, Tuesday, that Foreign Affairs Minister in Sudan Maryam al-Mahdi hat met Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Affairs Minister in Egypt, in the first of the Sudanese minister’s series of New York meetings.

“The meeting comes as a continuation of the continuous coordination in order to achieve a comprehensive and binding legal agreement on the Renaissance Dam, 48 hours before the Security Council session on the Renaissance Dam scheduled for next Thursday, held at request of Sudan, which Egypt had later encouraged.”

The two ministers agreed to continue efforts urging the Security Council’s member states to support the legitimate and just demands of Sudan and Egypt.

They agreed that the Council should play its role in strengthening the “African track” in order to reach a binding legal agreement regulating the process of filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The minister also stressed that the agreement should take into account the interests of the three countries, and should come via an effective and productive negotiation process led by the African Union, in the presence of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States of America, and South Africa.

Violating the “Declaration of Principles” Agreement

The two ministers affirmed their firm rejection of Ethiopia’s announcement to start the process of the second filling of the dam without an agreement.

 Both ministers considered it new practical evidence of its insistence on a unilateral act that threatens the safety of the Sudanese dams and human security in both Sudan and Egypt, and directly threatens the livelihood of millions of Sudanese and their crops.

It is also a behavior that violates international laws and rules governing common rivers and the Declaration of Principles Agreement signed in 2015.

This behavior confirms, according to the statement, Ethiopia’s intransigence and insistence on causing harm to Sudan.

“Sudan clearly presented the risks it was exposed to in the past year’s unilateral filling decision and doubled those risks if Ethiopia proceeds with another filling for another year without an agreement, confirming the lack of political will for Ethiopia to reach an agreement and not harm its neighbors.”

The statement pointed to the importance of the Security Council playing its preventive role in maintaining international peace and security, which it said has become a very important matter, by pushing to strengthen the negotiation process in the African track in order to reach a binding agreement that meets the interests of the three countries within a time limit of no further than six months.

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