Africa Ethiopia confirms visit by Egypt’s Sisi

Ethiopia confirms visit by Egypt’s Sisi

 Redwan Hussein, head of the Ethiopian government's communication affairs office
Redwan Hussein, head of the Ethiopian government’s communication affairs office

(AA) – The Ethiopian government has confirmed a planned visit by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to Addis Ababa on Monday.

Al-Sisi is expected to hold talks with top Ethiopian government officials, including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Redwan Hussein, head of the Ethiopian government’s communication affairs office, told The Anadolu Agency.

“Al-Sisi is also scheduled to address the Ethiopian Parliament as part of his visit,” he added.

Last week, Desalegn visited Egypt to attend a major investment conference in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Relations between Ethiopia and Egypt have improved since al-Sisi and Desalegn met at an African summit in Equatorial Guinea last summer.

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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