Premier Hailemariam discusses with Egyptian Ambassador

(EBC; October 12, 2017) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met and discussed with Aboubakr Hefny, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Ethiopia, in his Office.

During the discussion, Hailemariam reaffirmed Ethiopia's keenness to strengthen its fraternity with Egypt.

He also underlined the importance of uplifting the political will and good intentions of the two countries to tangible results and fruits.

Ambassador Hefny on his part stressed the importance of continuing to promote the two countries relation in accordance with the understandings and agreements expressed by President Abdul Fattah Al Sisi and Prime Minister Hailemariam during their recent meetings.

Their discussion also covered wide range of issues including ways to enhance cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, information technology, health, pharmaceutical industries and medical envoys, prospects of cooperation in the establishment of industrial zones and agricultural investment, as well as the implementation of agreements previously signed between the two countries, to achieve the common interests of the Egyptian and Ethiopian peoples.

In related news, Ambassador Taye Atskeselassie, Ethiopia's Ambassador to Egypt, said in his Interview with the Egyptian media Al-Masry Al-Youm that Ethiopia wants to resolve all the outstanding technical issues with regard to the Grand Renaissance Dam as soon as possible.

Ethiopia is not interested on the slow negotiations and non completion of the issues so far, Ambassador Taye added.

He also said that, during the Tripartite National Committee meeting held few weeks ago in Sudan, agreements have been reached on few points and the committee will continue deliberating on all outstanding technical issues in the upcoming meeting to be held in Cairo.

Moreover Ambassador Taye revealed that, the Egyptian technical delegation will visit the dam within a month and stressed that this will help build confidence.

He also stressed as the dam is not only for the interest and development of Ethiopia rather for the benefit of all and his country is prepared to sell electricity if there is a need from Egypt upon its completion.

The political understandings between Egypt and his country are based on the realization of the principle of "win-win", the Ambassador underscored.

Source: MoFA