Egypt expresses its willingness to negotiate with Turkey

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Referring to Sisi’s red lines in the Renaissance Dam case, the Egyptian Foreign Minister revealed the details of his recent phone call with his Turkish counterpart.

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Al-Shorouk newspaper wrote that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in a televised statement that the phone call between him and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu came as part of the congratulations on the occasion of the blessed month of Ramadan.

He added that this phone call, along with recent statements by Turkey, shows the importance of cooperation between Egypt and Turkey and the need to improve relations.

Shoukry said that his country wants to conduct a dialogue for the benefit of the two countries, and to establish relations in line with international law, and on top of these relations is non-interference in internal affairs and no harm to countries.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced, on Saturday, that the Egyptian and Turkish foreign ministers spoke in the first direct telephone conversation since Turkey began its efforts to improve the tense relations between the two countries.

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Turkey announced last month that it had resumed diplomatic relations with Egypt and wanted cooperation to improve after years of tension.

Relations between the two countries have been strained since the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at the hands of the Egyptian army in 2013, who was close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister also said in a telephone interview with an Egyption TV channel, that when President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi spoke about the red line in the Renaissance Dam, he was already talking about the damage to Egypt’s share of water.

Al-Sisi made it very clear about preserving the security of Egypt, and all state institutions are responsible for that.

He added that if the second stage of the Renaissance Dam floods did not cause any damage, then it is a good step.

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Ethiopia is stubborn and continues to take unilateral actions outside of international law and norms of the rivers that flow through countries.

“We express our full solidarity with Sudan and are ready to cooperate, and we hope that Ethiopia will stop stubbornness and return to reach an agreement and negotiations before the second phase of liberation, which lasted 10 years, and all issues are clear to both parties,” Shoukry added.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister said that in the event of any damage, the concerned countries would take measures to protect their water security and deal with any irresponsible behavior by Ethiopia. The case is up to the Ethiopian will.