CAIRO: No tripartite meetings would be held Saturday in Cairo between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty announced.
It had previously been reported that visiting Sudanese and Ethiopian Foreign Ministers Ali Kerti and Tedros Adhanom respectively would meet in Cairo Saturday over the controversial Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The construction of dam has been a high priority issue for Cairo, which has raised concerns it would negatively affect Egypt’s water supply. Ethiopia has claimed the dam is necessary for its development, and claimed that the dam will not reduce available water shares to Egyptians. Both states agreed to tripartite talks that started in August 2014 and were hosted by Sudan.
Senior diplomats told Youm7 Saturday that Adhanom’s two-day visit will tackle the coordination between Egypt and Ethiopia in the issue of evacuating Ethiopian citizens from Libya.
Thirty Ethiopian Christians were shot dead and beheaded by a branch of the Islamic State group in Libya, according to a video footage released April 19 by IS.
Kerti met Saturday with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to invite him to attend the ceremony of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s presidential inauguration June 2, Egypt’s Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef announced.