South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Beatrice Wani arrived in Cairo, on Monday, as part of an official visit during which she will review the latest developments on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
During her visit to Cairo, Wani will also review strengthening the cooperation relations between her country and Egypt.
The minister will meet with a number of senior officials and dignitaries, as part of the joint higher committee meetings between the two countries. The two sides will discuss support for cooperation in all fields, and the latest developments in the regional and international arenas.
Wani had met with Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atty during his visit to Juba in late June. The two sides held consultations on strengthening bilateral cooperation, convening the joint higher committee expected to be held during July in Cairo, and discussing the Ethiopian dam crisis.
Ethiopia has announced that it is ready to resume talks to reach a profitable agreement on filling and operating the GERD, without signing a final agreement, according to Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Dina Mufti.
Mufti outlined his country’s readiness to resume negotiations with riparian countries, namely Egypt and Sudan, at any time decided by the African Union (AU) leadership.
Both Egypt and Sudan insist on signing a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of the controversial dam, to secure their rights to a water share.