Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is to meet with the Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir on Sunday.
According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry, Shoukry is to deliver a message from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to Al-Bashir regarding bilateral relations between both countries and the unification of their positions on several issues.
Shoukry will also hold a joint meeting with his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour regarding the trilateral cooperation between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Egypt’s foreign minister said last month that the Ethiopian president affirmed his country’s commitment to the declaration of principles on the GERD, previously signed by the leaders of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopian.
In a press conference in Sharm El-Sheikh in February, Shoukry said Egypt does not rely on unfamiliar, provocative media reports for information, but rather on statements from Ethiopia during meetings.
Regarding the joint projects with Ethiopia, Shoukry said both countries aim to boost economic relations.
“We feel that Ethiopia wants to improve ties with Egypt,” Shoukry said. He pointed out that the GERD area is not yet suitable for projects, and both countries will later agree on which projects will be implemented.
The foreign minister said Egypt is not worried about the GERD, and is using any means available to reach an agreement. The declaration of principles is now governing the process, whereas previously it was governed only by Ethiopia.
A meeting was held between the technical delegations to ensure that the water shares of Egypt and Sudan will not be affected.