Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt hopes that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) behaves in a way that enhances Egyptian and Sudanese efforts to reach a legally binding deal over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Shoukry affirmed in remarks to Kelma Akhira TV program on ON E that Egypt “will have exhausted all peaceful means” if Ethiopia does not abide by the UNSC reaction on the GERD issue.
Egypt and Sudan have recently sent two separate letters to the UNSC urging the international body to intervene by holding an emergency session.
They urged the UNSC to dissuade Ethiopia from proceeding with filling the dam without reaching a legal deal with downstream countries.
The letters were sent after rounds of African Union-sponsored talks to resolve the dispute reached a deadlock, with Egypt and Sudan blaming the negotiations’ collapse on Ethiopian intransigence.
Ethiopia also sent a letter to the UNSC, accusing Egypt and Sudan of squandering the efforts made by DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi, who chairs the African Union, and unduly prolonging the process