Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)– Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stressed the importance of water for Egypt, describing it as a matter of “life or death”, and thanked his Hungarian counterpart, Janos Ader, in a joint press conference in the capital Budapest, for his willingness to cooperate. In this area.
Al-Sisi said: “With regard to the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Egypt supports development and construction in Ethiopia,” adding: “Our position on the Renaissance Dam has always been positive, and we have said and repeat that we are ready to cooperate and partner with the Ethiopians. We want to live and they also live.”
He continued by saying: “We do not want water to remain a cause for conflict, problems or clash, but rather for development and cooperation among us.”
“We demand that we reach a binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam,” the Egyptian president said, expressing his appreciation for “all the statements of our brothers in Ethiopia that they will not try to influence the arrival of water to Egypt.” .
He said: “We only want to get our share of water without any impact, and that is why the programs we have implemented, whether water treatment or desalination of sea water, and this is a very huge program that may cost nearly 80 billion dollars.”
He added, “We do not have a water resource except the Nile River only. We are one of the countries that have severe water scarcity, and the civilization of Egypt over the years has been established only on the Nile River, and the rest of Egypt’s lands are 95 percent dry desert.”