Arab Parliament expresses solidarity with Egypt to protect its water security

November 1,2012 (Dimtsi weyane) The Arab Parliament yesterday urged Ethiopia not to harm Egypt's share of Nile water. As to Xinhua, the parliament expressed its solidarity with Egypt in protecting its water security and in maintaining its legal rights and a fixed share of the Nile River.

Xinhua furthermore pointed out that citing the historical ties between Egypt and Ethiopia, the Arab parliament urged Ethiopia to reach a deal on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

As could be learnt from the report, a draft on the GERD was under discussion at the Arab Parliament yesterday.

Earlier, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told the Arab Parliament that Egypt is looking forward to signing a tripartite legal deal with Ethiopia and Sudan over the GERD issue in a meeting scheduled in Washington on Nov. 6.

In this regard, CGTN on its part reported today that Ethiopia has accepted U.S. mediation offer over dam dispute.
Having recalled that the country had earlier declined the offer insisting the issue did not need external interference, Ethiopia has, contrary to the stance it had so far, agreed to a U.S. mediation offer to help resolve a dispute with Egypt over its Grand Renaissance Dam.

CGTN mentioned BBC to have reported that an Ethiopian government spokesman has said foreign affairs ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan would meet in Washington for the crucial talks but a date is yet to be set