Africa Egypt delegation leaves for Ethiopia to prepare for Sisi’s visit

Egypt delegation leaves for Ethiopia to prepare for Sisi’s visit

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sis
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sis

(AA) – An Egyptian delegation left Cairo for Addis Ababa on Thursday to prepare for a planned visit by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to Ethiopia.

“An eight-strong delegation left for Addis Ababa to prepare for al-Sisi’s visit next week,” a source at Cairo International Airport told The Anadolu Agency.

Local media had reported that al-Sisi wass expected to visit Ethiopia next week for talks on Nile cooperation.

The Egyptian Presidency has yet to confirm the visit.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are expected to sign an agreement on an Ethiopian dam being built on the Nile on March 23 in Khartoum.

No information is yet available on the specific terms of the agreement.

On Tuesday, al-Sisi asked a government commission to review the proposed Nile agreement with Ethiopia and Sudan.

Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam has been at the center of a diplomatic row between Cairo and Addis Ababa for several months.

While Ethiopia views the multibillion-dollar dam as a prerequisite for economic development, Egypt fears the project will lead to a marked reduction in Egypt’s supply of Nile water.

A committee including ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan has convened several times in Sudan and Ethiopia to discuss the dam’s potential impact on downstream states.

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