Thursday, January 29, 2015

Egyptian President to African Summit in the Ethiopian Capital

Cairo, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, travels today to Ethiopia to be present at the summit of the African Unit (UA) and assume the coordination of the Committee of Heads of state on Climate change.
The visit of the president, the first one to a Summit of the UA, will extend three days and as collateral plate will have the conversations with the Ethiopian authorities on the thorny topic of the dam Renacimiento, base of an inflamed difference between both countries.

Cairo and Addis Abeba has deep differences on the effects that the dam will have in the water flow of the Nile river in Egypt, which government is afraid of a disastrous consequences decrease for its economy and the population since it is its main supply source.

Ethiopia rejects the apprehensions and at the time that it considers to be void the agreement that provides to Egypt an annual quota of 55 billion cubic meters, makes sure that the dam builted for a cost of 4 billion dollars, will not have negative consequences.

Up to the present day the Egyptian president affirms that the differences can be solved by pacific means, a position that might change as the dam fills.

As an approach gesture, the Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, urged the Egyptian people 'to support its Government in its war against terrorism that will restore the stability and the prosperity not only in Egypt, but in the whole region'.

Egypt included in December, 2013 the Moslem Brotherhood in the list of terrorist groups and it fights a war against Islamist insurgents armed in the peninsula of the Sinai, extended to Cairo and other important cities.


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