Reaching binding legal agreement on GERD is a must to protect Sudan’s citizens, dams and security: FM Mariam al-Sadiq al Mahdi

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 - 11:34 GMT

CAIRO – 8 July 2021: Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al Mahdi called on the UN security council to urge resuming the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam [GERD] negotiations in order to reach a binding and legal agreement on the dam’s filling and operation.

She explained in her speech at the UN Security council session on the GERD that this agreement would protecting Sudanese citizens, protect Sudanese dams and protect Sudan’s strategic security.

She praised the African Union efforts on the GERD negotiations during the past period and affirmed continuing cooperating with it along with all Egypt and Ethiopia.

Al Mahdi also confirmed that Sudan is fully aware of Ethiopia’s rights in the Nile Waters, however they only demanded filling the dam according to an agreement and without damaging any of the downstream countries.

 

Sudan’s Foreign Minister also noted to Ethiopia’s unilateral movements including informing Khartoum that they will release nearly 2.5 cubic meter of water in only two weeks’ notice, which led the government to inform civilian to evacuate their homes only during three days.

Al Mahdi also said that Sudan and Ethiopia have always shared a especial and historical relation with each other of which should obligates Addis Ababa to stop harming Khartoum.

She demanded the UN Security Council to take action towards Ethiopia’s unilateral movement, saying that “if UNSC chooses to keep silence today would send the wrong message that the dam’s filling which harm’s Sudan and its people is accepted internationally, which will have a serious consequence.”

Following the UNSC Session, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiqal al Mahdi held a press conference in which she noted that the Ethiopian Irrigation Minster speech at the UNSC was totally expected.

“They sent us a notifying and ‘nearly threatening’ message three days ago on the secound filling of the dam, knowing that the UNSC session will be held Today,” the Sudanese Foreign Minister said.

She added that she is very much optimistic regarding the UNSC and that it will address GERD issue with responsibility.

al Mahdi added that the Ethiopian discourse ‘falsifies the facts to divert attention from the GERD real threats’ and relies on creating a sedition between the Egyptian and Sudanese stances.

Minster Mariam al-Sadiq also said that the Egyptian and Sudanese stances are “clearly united regarding reaching a binding legal agreement on filling and operating the dam”.

And regarding the latest Ethiopian statement that attacked the Arab League mediation on the GERD, Mahdi said that Ethiopia tried to attack the Arab League ‘balanced’ stance, claiming that there are differences between Arab and Africans which is ‘unfortunate’ from the Ethiopians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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