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Saudi Arabia: Egypt, Sudan water is connected to Arab security

The Saudi Cabinet affirmed that the water security of Egypt and Sudan is part of the Arab security, stressing on the need to resume negotiations of the Renaissance Dam in order to reach a fair agreement.

Saudi Arabia has rejected any measure that affects the rights of all parties to the Nile waters.

This came during the cabinet session – which was held through video communication – chaired by King Salman Al Saud.

According to (SPA), “The Cabinet discussed forming a committee to follow up the developments of the Renaissance Dam file and coordinating with the United Nations Security Council on all developments, and assured that water security of both Egypt and Sudan is an integral part of Arab security.”

During yesterday’s meeting, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemarie DiCarlo said, “Differences can be overcome and agreement reached if all parties demonstrate the necessary political will to make concessions in accordance with the spirit of cooperation that was emphasized in the 2015 Declaration of Principles.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry saidthat his country did not accuse any of countries concerned in the file, but explained all the details of the issue comprehensively, stressing his country’s commitment to the two-week deadline that Agreed to during the AU mini summit.

But he added that Ethiopia had rejected for six years the mediation of any party, and had not accepted the mediation of the World Bank.

He also affirmed that several countries support Egypt in this sensitive file for Egypt, calling on all parties concerned (Sudan and Ethiopia) to refrain from making any negative statements regarding the negotiations.