LEADERS OF EGYPT, SUDAN, ETHIOPIA AGREE TO SET UP PERMANENT FORUM FOR CONSULTATIONS

ADDIS ABABA, June 12 – The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have agreed to establish a permanent trilateral forum in which they can hold consultations on matters on mutual concern, says Getachew Reda, the Executive Assistant to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn.

The prime minister had participated in trilateral consultations with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir at Sharma el-Sheikh, the Egyptioan Red Sea resort, on Wednesday on the sidelines of a gathering by 26 African countries to create a free trade area made up of three African sub-regional trading blocs.

The discussions among Hailemariam, El-Sisi, and Al-Bashir focused on ways of further collaborating in the economic, social and political spheres, said Getachew, who added that the three leaders discussed in particular how they could implement the Declaration of Principles they signed in Khartoum regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project being carried out on the Blue Nile river.

The leaders agreed to establish a forum which will enable them to resolve differences in a timely manner, he said. They feel that such meetings would also strengthen the process of a trust-based strong relationship among the three countries.

Ethiopia has been assuring the lower Nile riparian countries that the dam would not cause any harm to downstream countries.

The leaders have stated that the process the country has been following is consistent with the agreement reached, according to Getachew.

SOURCE: ENA