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CAIRO, June 18, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt's Presidency Spokesman Bassam Radi asserted that the Egyptian-Ethiopian summit, held in Cairo last week, was a success.

In statements to October Magazine, Radi said the summit held between President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali reflected the deeply-rooted relations between the two African countries.

The two leaders are keen on solving all pending issues, he added, noting that the Ethiopian premier pledged not to harm Egypt’s right in River Nile according to the 1959 agreement.

The two leaders discussed a number of issues of mutual concern and the situation in Africa as well as means of boosting economic relations in the upcoming period, Radi said.

MOGADISHU, June 17, 2018 (MENA) - New Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed agreed Saturday to "strengthen their brotherly bilateral relations" and to collaborate with the African Union in seeking solutions to problems on the continent, Voice of America reported on Saturday.

After bilateral talks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the leaders said in a statement the two countries would enhance diplomatic and trade activities, including opening diplomatic and consular offices and removing of "all trade and economic barriers."

The leaders paid "singular focus" to economic growth and bilateral investment to "secure a prosperous future for their people, the countries of the Horn of Africa and ultimately the African continent."

Ahmed is the second Ethiopian leader to visit Somalia after the visit of former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in June 2007.

By the Gazette Editorial Board

During his first visit to Cairo early this week, the new Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali swore not to affect Egypt’s share of the Nile. He even promised to work with Egypt's government to increase Egypt's quota of the Nile waters to meet the country’s growing demands.

 

In fact, Dr Abiy did not need to make a pledge before God to reassure Egyptians about their share of the Nile. The Egyptians: officials and people, felt they could trust the new Ethiopian prime minister when they heard him addressing the joint press conference held in Cairo on Sunday with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

 

Dr Abiy said that his strategy towards all his African neighbours was to be built on co-operation rather than conflict. He noted that for 100 years, some African countries had been plotting against each other in a way that served no one. He noted that we gained nothing out of these plots and conflicts. Thus, it was time to co-operate and to eliminate all the reasons for conflict between African countries.

 

When he promised that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) would cause no harm to the Egyptian people and their rightful share of the river, the Egyptians believed him and hoped that the two governments would succeed in co-operating in every field, making the most of the fraternal relations between the two African nations and their great human and natural resources.

 

President Sisi confirmed Ethiopia's right to implement projects to ensure its development. While declaring that the River Nile was a matter of life and death for Egyptians, President Sisi promised to work sincerely to promote co-operation in all fields. He also promised to activate an accord that Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan had signed in the past, to create a fund to finance infrastructure projects in the three states.

 

Since taking office in 2014, Sisi has resorted to dialogue and diplomacy to settle the conflict over the GERD, the biggest dam in Africa, and has rejected all calls to refer the issue to an international body that would settle it and secure Egypt's historic rights in the river. Sisi has said he was totally convinced that the project should be turned into a reason for co-operation by the three nations and a trigger for their development, rather than be a cause for dispute and enmity.

However, the repeated impasse in the tripartite talks at the level of technicians and ministers roused the concern and despair of the Egyptian people over the three years that followed the signing of the Khartoum Declaration of Principles. However, now with Dr Abiy, the Egyptians have begun to feel optimistic about the future. Since taking up office in April, Dr Abiy has adopted a clear strategy of fostering good ties with his neighbours and achieving his country's development without harming the interests and future of others.

 

It is to be hoped that the friendly climate that prevailed in the two countries after Dr Abiy's visit to Cairo and before that to Khartoum last month,will soon lead to the signing of an accord to regulate the operation of the GERD and turn good intentions into action.

Staff report:

Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali flew back to Addis Ababa on Monday after winding up a three-day visit, his first to Egypt since assuming the post in April. Summit talks between President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi and the visiting Ethiopian prime minister produced agreement on pushing forward bilateral relations and co-operation in all aspects.

President Sisi pardons Ethiopian prisoners

Before leaving Cairo, the Ethiopian prime minister expressed thanks to the Egyptian leader for the kind gesture to grant presidential pardon to a group of Ethiopian prisoners in Egypt. Thirty Ethiopian nationals benefited from the Presidential pardon. The pardoned Ethiopians left Cairo International Airport earlier in the day Monday.

Speaking to a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali following a second round of summit talks on Sunday, President Sisi reiterated that the relation between the two countries is characteristically one of strategic partnership and that the deepening of shared interests with Ethiopia in all fields is an Egyptian strategic orientation.

For his part, the Ethiopian leader asserted in statements to the press conference that his country will not harm Egypt's share of the River Nile water through the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Noting that Ethiopians are known for brotherliness and neighbourliness. The Ethiopian leader emphasised that his country has no desire or thought to do any harm to the Egyptian people.

The Sisi-Abiy summit also produced agreement on activating an earlier accord with the Sudan for raising a tripartite fund to finance infrastructure projects in the three countries.

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmad extended on Monday thanks to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, before leaving Cairo, for releasing a group of Ethiopians jailed in Egyptian prisons.

Earlier today, up to 30 Ethiopian prisoners left Cairo international airport after receiving the presidential pardon.

The Ethiopian prime minister paid a two-day official visit to Egypt. He discussed with Sisi boosting bilateral relations as well as issues of mutual concern.

 

CAIRO, June 11,2018 (MENA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and his accompanying delegation left here on Monday winding up a two-day official visit to Egypt during which he had talks with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

Sisi's talks with the Ethiopian premier covered bilateral relations and means of promoting them in all fields as well as a number  of African issues.

President Sisi held an iftar banquet in honour of the Ethiopian guest.

The Ethiopian premier's visit to Cairo is his first since he has assumed office in April.

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