FILE - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Sudanese Transitional Military Council Chairman Abdel Fatah al-Burhan in Cairo on Saturday, May 25, 2019- press photo
CAIRO – 17 January 2020: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi noted he is following up on all developments in Sudan, and affirmed Egypt’s firm stance to support the security and stability of the Sudanese state and people, the presidency said in a statement.
Recent developments in Sudan included a mutiny by former members of the Sudanese General Intelligence Service, over payment of their severance. After heavy fire was heard in Khartoum, five people were reportedly killed, including two soldiers.
In a phone call with head of Sudan's sovereign council Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Thursday, President Sisi highlighted the historical ties that bring together the peoples of Egypt and Sudan.
For his part, Burhan praised the popular and governmental rapprochement between Egypt and Sudan, and the existing efforts to improve the bonds of joint cooperation between the two countries. He also praised the unlimited Egyptian support for preserving the safety and stability of the African sisterly country.
The meeting also discussed developments of a number of regional issues of common interest, especially talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Libyan crisis. The two leaders agreed on the need to continue intensive consultation and joint coordination in this regard.
After nine years of disagreements and discussions between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the three Nile countries finally achieved a breakthrough and agreed on an agreement concerning the technical and scientific problems on the dam construction.
Foreign Ministers and Water Ministers of the three countries held a series of three-day meetings at the US Department of Treasury in Washington on January 13-15 after they had reached a deadlock at the end of the US, WB-brokered discussions held in the period between November 15, 2019, and January 9, 2020.
At the end of the meetings which were attended by Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and President of the World Bank David Malpass in Washington D.C. on Wednesday evening, the three countries reached an agreement on all different points regarding the filling and operation of the $4-billion dam, which locates on the Blue Nile.
Additional reporting by Samar Samir