al-ahram Egypt calls for precautionary procedures to prevent terrorism reaching Sahel-Saharan states During participation in the 7th meeting of the ministers of defence of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) held in Nigeria from 20-22 June، Egypt has called for precautionary measures to be undertaken to prevent terrorism from reach community member states. Cairo suggested activating mechanisms of cooperation and coordination between national institutions in these countries and at a regional level within the framework of comprehensive military and security cooperation against the threat of terrorism.
Egypt also warned of the consequences of terrorism infiltrating Sahel-Saharan states in light of rapid developments in the capabilities of terrorist organisations in training and arming، as well as technological advancements and funding sources.
The head of the Egyptian delegation in the meeting، Major General Mohamed Al-Keshki، assistant minister of defence for external relations، affirmed the possibility of terrorist organisations transfering their activities from their places of origin to the vicinity of Sahel-Saharan states، especially as conflict settling efforts in some stricken countries appear to be slow moving.
The head of the Egyptian delegation also announced doubling the military aid allocation presented to Sahel-Saharan states and inviting the general secretary of CEN-SAD to visit Egypt.
Al-Keshky affirmed Egypt is establishing a Sahel-Saharan counterterrorism headquarters in Cairo، adding that Egypt will host the annual Sahel-Saharan counterterrorism training effort، in light of Cairo's desire to enhance military cooperation between Sahel-Saharan states.
Al-Keshky also presented Egypt's vision on counterterrorism and the burden it has imposed on military and security institutions، in addition to the political challenges and obstacles that slow social and economic development.
The Egyptian representative referred to Egypt's efforts in peacekeeping in crisis stricken countries in Africa، being one of the countries contributing the most to peacekeeping forces، in light of Cairo's interest in preserving security and stability in the African continent.
CEN-SAD was established in February 1998 by six countries، but then its membership has since grown to 29. One of its main goals is to achieve economic unity through the implementation of the free movement of people and goods، the expanse encompassed by member states a free trade area.
Al-Keshky conveyed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's praise for the efforts the Sahel-Saharan community states has exerted to maintain peace and stability in the region.
He also thanked Nigeria Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo، the Secretary-General of the Sahel-Saharan community Sany Abany and Nigeria’s Defence Minister Mansour Mohamed Dan for their hospitality.
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received in Cairo Thursday White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and adviser Jason Greenblatt to discuss mutual cooperation، counterterrorism efforts and developments in the Middle East peace process. The meeting was attended by Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Egypt’s acting chief of intelligence Abbas Kamel.
The Egyptian president reviewed with the US officials Cairo’s efforts to counter terrorism، as well as efforts to achieve economic and social development، stressing Egypt’s keenness on enhancing strategic ties with the United States to serve the interests of both countries.
On the Palestinian issue، Kushner reviewed US efforts to push forward Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and to improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
President El-Sisi underlined Egypt’s support for international efforts and initiatives aimed at achieving a just and comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in accordance with the two-state solution and the borders of 1967، with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.
He also pointed to Egypt’s ongoing communication with involved parties to revive Palestinian-Israeli negotiations as well as Cairo’s efforts to ensure Palestinian reconciliation and alleviate the humanitarian suffering of people in Gaza، represented by the opening of Rafah Crossing between Egypt and Gaza during the month of Ramadan.
Al-masry alyoum Egypt holds on to water rights amid ‘critical situation’ Egypt will not give up its rights and current utilization of Nile water، amid water scarcity and climate change impacts، which could displace more than five million people from the Delta، said Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation on Wednesday.
“Egypt، with this complicated situation، will not accept to give up its historic rights and current utilization of the Nile water. Nobody on the earth would accept to have their people die of thirst and starvation،” Abdel Ati said in Tajikistan-held high-level International Conference on International Decade for Action “Water For Sustainable Development،” 2018-2020.
Abdel Ati’s speech reflects Egyptian authorities’ international efforts to guarantee water for more than 94 million people and the next generations’ amid the ongoing threats of climate change and “possible risks” imposed by building dams on upstream countries of the Nile.
Egypt has diplomatically and politically entered into a battle with some Nile basin countries over its share of the Nile water. The disagreement has started since 2010، when five Nile basin countries (Ethiopia، Kenya، Uganda، Tanzania، and Rwanda) signed the Entebbe Agreement، per which the two 1929 and 1959 deals conducted during British colonization could be relinquished. The two deals had allocated 80 billion cubic meters of Nile water to Egypt (55.5 billion)، and for Sudan (18.5 billion); they also granted Egypt the right of veto against any projects that could be established on Uganda، Kenya، Tanzania and Sudan that may cause harm to its share.
Moreover، Egypt’s concern over its share was escalated after Ethiopia started building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. The tributary feeds 80 percent of the Nile’s water to downstream states.
“Confidence [and good will] is the main pillar of cooperation and that was translated by the signing of the Declaration of Principles among Egypt، Sudan، and Ethiopia on the Renaissance Dam; this declaration is a sign of trust from Egypt. It is time for the basin countries to offer confidence and understanding،” Abdel Ati said.