AA / Cairo
Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Aty said on Saturday that Cairo will prevent any damage to its water resources, saying his country is ready to face any scenario regarding Ethiopia’s “Renaissance” dam .
This is what emerges from a dialogue session held with the minister and moderated by Karam Jabr, head of the country’s Supreme Media Council, according to a statement from the Council.
In a statement, Abdel-Aty said: ‘Egypt is ready to face all scenarios about the Renaissance Dam, and the state will not allow a water crisis to occur. settles in Egypt ”.
He stressed “that there is complete coordination among all state agencies to deal with the Renaissance Dam issue without rushing to make decisions.”
For his part Jabr said: “ We are convinced that Egypt’s historic rights to the waters of the Nile are preserved, and we have the legitimate right to retaliate in the event that these are exposed to threats, which may endanger them. endangering the lives of the Egyptians ”.
“Today we have come to Al-Qanater Al-Khairia to convey a message of support and great confidence within the state and its ability to work out all possible solutions to face Egypt’s historic rights. on the waters of the Nile “.
On Thursday, the UN Security Council began a session on the dispute over the Ethiopian dam, the second of its kind after the one held last year, in order to break the deadlock in negotiations between the three countries.
However, the Council has not taken any decision on the draft Arab resolution which calls for the continuation of negotiations between the three countries for a period of 6 months in order to reach an agreement on the rules for filling and operating the dam. .
While the permanent members of the Council called on the parties to the conflict to resume negotiations under the auspices of the African Union, without specifying a deadline, as requested by Egypt and Sudan.
Ethiopia, for its part, notified Monday and Tuesday to countries downstream of the Nile, Egypt and Sudan, of the start of a second filling of the dam, without reaching a tripartite agreement, which Cairo and Khartoum rejected, denouncing a unilateral measure.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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