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Egypt ‘re-positioning’ itself as an Arab country with African roots: Fahmy

Foreign minister stresses need for Nile Basin countries to work together to achieve future goals

Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy  (AFP Photo)
Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy
(AFP Photo)

Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy said on Tuesday that Egypt’s interim government is “re-positioning Egypt in its rightful place as a country of Arab identity and African roots.”

Fahmy’s comments to state media outlet MENA came on the sidelines of meetings in Burundi, which is one of three countries included on a ministerial tour of Nile basin countries, which also includes Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“There is no solution for one party at the expense of another,” said Fahmy of the future needs of the Nile Basin countries. He added: “The goals of one party cannot be achieved without achieving the goals of the other party.”

Fahmy, joined by interim Minister of Agriculture Ayman Abu Hadid and interim Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Development Ibrahim Mahlab, began their tour in Uganda, where they met with President Yoweri Museveni. They discussed the issues surrounding the Nile water and according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was agreed that “there must be room for cooperation.” Fahmy recognises that there are a variety of different needs for each of the Nile Basin countries, but stressed that they do not conflict, adding: “The solution is therefore not to wrestle with each other but to find innovative and constructive solutions and look to the future.”

The building of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam raised much concern in Egypt when the Ethiopian authorities began diverting water. The fear is that the dam will have a detrimental effect on Egypt’s share of the vital Nile water. A meeting has been organised to take place in Khartoum in the first week of November to discuss the findings of an international tripartite report released in June. Attending the meeting will be interim Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Motaleb and his Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts.

Since he assumed the post of interim Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fahmy has repeatedly stated that he is re-structuring Egypt’s approach to foreign policy. He instructed the ministry to re-evaluate its relations with all countries, with no exception. Fahmy has paid special attention to Egypt’s African neighbours, which began with his first official visit to Sudan and South Sudan. Fahmy has also sought to repair some relationships with Arab countries that were not supporters of Mohamed Morsi’s regime. Fahmy accompanied interim President Adly Mansour on his first overseas tour of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, two countries that made no secret of their disdain for the Muslim Brotherhood led government.

Egypt’s relations with African countries received a blow following Morsi’s ouster in July, following which Egypt’s membership to the African Union Peace and Security Council was suspended. The ministry has repeatedly expressed its rejection of this decision.

The ministerial delegation is expected to continue its tour of Nile Basin countries with a final stop in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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51 responses to “Egypt ‘re-positioning’ itself as an Arab country with African roots: Fahmy

  1. An intellectually superior constitution will go a long way to achieving regional goals in partnerships with your neighbors. A strong moral foundation through strong commitments to universal human rights will give you a manifest destiny to spread throughout the continent.

  2. Egypt’s entire history as a series of civilizations – pre-dynastic, pharaonic, ptolemy, roman, ottoman, is Mediterranean.

    why now would a sane person try top join the ten worst instead of the ten best

    1. Manifest destiny. Egyptians are writing the blueprint for a thousand year future, not just a temporary internal fix. The future is where the resources lie. Just look at the global forecast for desertification.

      1. someone hacked my website, ‘prof neil constitution // new egypt constitution’
        otherwise, ‘intellectual’ would be interested in reading it, especially ‘prof neil vs ikhwan’ point-by-point.
        it’s a blueprint for all arab spring and color revolution countries

    2. If You Egyptians that way about the ten worst African countries why dont you built a pipeline of free water from those pre-dynastic civilization and leave Black Africa Alone?

      1. Hmm. Is there a certain shade of “black” that qualifies? Is Obama “black” or is he too light? Arabs aren’t “white” enough for some people and aren’t “black” enough for you?

        1. Well, they must be “white” enough for Western intellectuals to side with them at the expense of the desires, hopes, and dreams of black Africans. The British thought the Egyptians were white enough to come up with a fake deal in 1929 which supposedly gave Egypt the lion’s share of the Nile, even while not including Ethiopia and that upstream people had no say whatsoever on the matter.

    3. A sane person knows that the Nile doesn’t start in Egypt and that 85% of the Nile water comes from Ethiopia. A sane person also knows that if Egypt continues to separate itself from Africa, geopolitically and yet tries to claim hegemony over the longest African river that spans 11 countries, most of whom are black African countries, then Egypt is screwed. If it’s going to be exclusively pan-Arab then it should mind it’s own business when it comes to African affairs. It does not have the high ground on the issue of the Nile, both figuratively and literally speaking. The upstream countries are the source of the Nile. If Egypt had continued to foolishly threaten Ethiopia, a sovereign nation with the right to use her resources, it would eventually have to threaten Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and others who want to use their share of the Nile. And by the way, how could you not consider the Black history of Egypt? Any sane person would acknowledge that.

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  31. Egyptians do not consider themselves African. So why do they drink water from sub-saharan Africa. They could get water from the countries in the Mediterranean region where their “relatives” live. Or they could desalinate the water from the Mediterranean sea.

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