Ethiopia, Egypt will work together beyond the Nile issue

eth and EgiptPM Abiy Ahmed was in Egypt for a two-day state visit this weekend, where he held a meeting with President Abdel Fattah el Sisi. The two leaders agreed to elevate their countries’ relationship to a strategic level of mutual trust, cooperation and support.

During the talks, the two leaders agreed to work together beyond the Nile and other bilateral issues and affirmed their commitment to set up a joint fund for infrastructure development such as energy. They agreed to cooperate on Somalia and South Sudan peace process. The Egyptian president, for its part, appreciated Ethiopia’s new initiative to end Ethio-Eritrea stalemate.

Moreover, Egypt freed 32 Ethiopian prisoners following the visit of PM Dr Abiy, who have already arrived in Ethiopia. PM Abiy Ahmed vowed not to harm Egypt’s water interest. For his part, Sisi described Egypt’s relations with Ethiopia as “strategic,” promising to maintain cooperation with the Ethiopian side for the best interests of both nations.

“I would like to reiterate that the relation between Egypt and Ethiopia is a strategic partnership relation and that Egypt’s strategic policy is to enhance common interests with Ethiopia in all fields,” he said.

JUNE 11, 2018