Egypt's approach in the negotiations with Ethiopia over the past ten years has been based on the necessity of reaching a legally binding agreement on the dam in accordance with international norms and constants, El-Sisi said during a lunch banquet following the launch of a military drill at a newly-opened naval base in the country’s northwest coast.
Negotiations with Addis Ababa over its disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) should not go on indefinitely, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said, five days before the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) anticipated session on the decade-long row.
Egypt, El-Sisi stressed, has never threatened any country directly or indirectly throughout history despite its great military power.
"Part of such military capabilities was shown at the Qader 2021 Maneuver," he added, according to a video released by the Egyptian presidency’s official website.
The president also extended thanks to "all friendly countries over their mediation efforts to settle the GERD issue."
The downstream countries, Egypt and Sudan, have been negotiating in vain with upstream Ethiopia for a decade to reach an agreement over the multi-billion dollar hydropower dam, which is under construction since 2011 on a main tributary of the Nile river, the crucial source of water to Cairo and Khartoum.