CAIRO: The Ministry of Youth will host 100 young Ethiopian men and women for a camp held in Cairo in September in the framework of Egypt’s strategy to strengthen ties with Nile Basin states, Youm 7 reported Monday.
The camp’s program includes cultural sightseeing activities in Cairo and Alexandria; most notably visiting the Giza pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, Saladin Citadel and also the Bibliotheca of Alexandria.
The ministry will also host 20 Ethiopian youth to participate in the inauguration of the New Suez Canal Aug. 6, among a group of African and Arab youth.
Egyptian-Ethiopian relations were sore after Addis Ababa began establishing the Renaissance Dam in April 2011, but President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has exerted efforts to improve ties.
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia signed a declaration of principles in March in which they agreed to assigning independent consultation agencies to study the environmental impacts of the dam on both Egypt and Sudan.
In a March speech at the Ethiopian parliament, Sisi offered Egypt’s expertise in various fields to be used in Ethiopia, as well as its network of international and regional relations to reach mutual interests.
In May, Sisi received 27 abducted Ethiopian nationals arriving from Libya at Cairo International Airport.