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Sunday, 26 September 2021

UN Sec-Gen talks GERD with Egyptian, Ethiopian FMs

UN Sec-Gen talks GERD with Egyptian, Ethiopian FMs: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday, according to statements from Guterres’ office and the Egyptian foreign ministry. The two discussed Libya and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, among other regional developments, while Guteress reiterated the UN’s support for the African Union-led negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Guterres gave the same message to Ethiopian deputy prime minister and foreign minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen in their meeting on Friday, underlining to Ethiopia “the importance of resuming dialogue in a spirit of compromise.”

In other diplomatic engagements over the weekend:

  • Shoukry met with his Cypriot and Greek counterparts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last week, ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.
  • Egypt-Ukraine talks: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed investment, immigration and security with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday, according to an Ittihadiya statement.
  • Shoukry also met with Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad, where the two discussed ways to end the crisis in Syria, according to a foreign ministry statement.

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