Foreign Minister Worqneh Gebeyehu was in Cairo last week, meeting Egypt`s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, and his counterpart, Sameh Shoukry (left). Taye Astqesellasie, Ethiopia’s ambassador to Egypt, was also in the meeting.
Worqneh was following up on earlier meetings between Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Al Sisi, in an effort to rekindle confidence between the two countries locked in mutual mistrust. Egypt is anxious with the potential impact of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the water volume its receives from the Abay River, while Ethiopia has been complaining about Egypt’s hosting forces that it sees subversive to its security.
In Cairo last week, Worqneh reassured Egypt that his country has no intention to do anything that harms Egypt’s interests, receiving a reciprocal pledge by the President on Egypt’s resolve to respond to Ethiopia’s concerns, according to diplomatic sources. Both sides have agreed to step up their efforts to restore confidence among their respective public, said these sources.