CAIRO – 26 October 2020: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will not talk part in Tuesday's meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) according to Sources told Egyptian Youm7 newspaper.
The sources added that Shoukry was pre-scheduled to travel abroad for a meeting, which will prevent him from participation in the video conference negotiations.
President of South Africa and African Union, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, announced earlier Monday, that new negotiations round on GERD will resume on Tuesday with the participation of all three countries of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
He added in a statement that the talks resumption after 7-month break under the auspices of the African Union is evidence of the strong political will and commitment of the three countries to reach a fair solution for the Renaissance Dam.
He also indicated that the resumption affirms the confidence of the parties in the African-led negotiation process, in line with the Pan-African principle of African solutions to African problems.
Sudanese Minister of Irrigation Yasser Abbas said in a message to the South African Minister of International Cooperation, that his country will take part in the new round of GERD negotiations; however, Sudan refuse to keep negotiating the same way in previous talks which led to a ‘dead end’.
According to Sudan News Agency (SUNA) Abbas affirmed that Tuesday meeting will aim at reaching new methods and approaches of negotiations on the dam based on granting experts and observers more effective role in order to achieve real and more advanced results and bringing countries' point of views closer.
The final results of the meeting will be provided to the three countries leaders to approve the new negotiations approach and announce a tight timetable.