Egypt Respects Its Rights Without Harming Other’s Interests – FM

Egypt will not be lenient while dealing with the Nile water file, affirmed Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.

Egypt benefits from all diplomatic chances to explain stances and cooperate with friends to push parties concerned to find ways which meet the aspirations of African countries and respect their rights, without affecting the interests of others, he added.

Fahmy, meanwhile, said that until now Egypt received no step from Ethiopia toward serious negotiations.

He further said that he met a month ago with the Ethiopian foreign minister in Brussels and discussed a number of ideas which were floated by Egypt, adding that “We are still waiting for the Ethiopian response”.

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab underlined the importance of this issue and affirmed that the only solution is holding dialogue, Fahmy said.

He also said that neglecting the Ethiopian Dam file is not an option.

There was an agreement which was reached last year to hold technical negotiations to be followed by bilateral ones at the political level but the technical negotiations did not reach an outcome, so the political talks were not held, he added.

Uganda and Tanzania suggested holding informal meetings for the Nile Basin Countries, he said, adding that these suggestions are still on the table.

Egypt stands fully ready to hold dialogue with African countries and has confidence in its rights and is keen to reach compromise solutions, which do not affect the country’s interests, Fahmy went on to say.

Ethiopia is building a dam on the Blue Nile, which represents Egypt’s primary source of water.

The project has raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, which fears a reduction of its historical share of Nile water.

Source : Egypt State Information Service