The Implications of the Eritrean President's Visit to Egypt

Experts Answer | Dr. Tariq Fahmy

| 11:41 PM, Monday 06 July 2020 |

A Professor of Political Science at Cairo University,

Published by, Arabic Version

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received, on Monday morning, the Eritrean President, Isaias Afwerki, who is visiting Egypt on a three-day working visit.

A number of experts and specialists in African affairs believe that the visit has several implications, especially at the present time, as Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are still searching for a way out of the Renaissance Dam crisis.

Dr. Tariq Fahmy, a professor of political science at Cairo University, said that the Eritrean president is welcome in Cairo, especially since Egypt and Eritrea have a special relationship, pointing out that talk about mediation on the Renaissance Dam may be raised between the two presidents, because the file has repercussions for the African continent as a whole. .

Fahmy added, in exclusive statements to "Masrawy", that the negotiations for the Renaissance Dam would be between the two presidents, but in the end it is up to the mediation of the African Union, pointing out that Egypt has not neglected the results of the negotiations until today.

Professor of political science at Cairo University, he pointed out that Eritrea has a special place in Cairo, adding: "The two sides have a vital link in the Red Sea and special relations before Eritrea separated from Ethiopia."

President Afewerki's visit to Egypt follows a similar visit he made to the Ethiopian capital Addis Baba last May, in addition to a third visit he made several days ago to Sudan; This gives a strong indication of moves to bridge the viewpoints on the complex file, according to Fahmy.

On the other hand, Ambassador Salah Halima, former assistant foreign minister, said that the visit comes in the context of special circumstances, especially those that relate to developments related to the Renaissance Dam on the one hand, and on the other hand, Houthi supervision in Yemen on the other side of the Red Sea, noting that Cairo Enjoy similar plans and strategies with the Eritrean side.

In exclusive statements to "Masrawy", Halima pointed out that the developments of the case of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam imposed itself on the scene, pointing out that Eritrea can be a major player in this file, in addition to that Egypt is a partner of Eritrea in securing the shipping course of the Red Sea, within the framework of Joint cooperation to combat terrorism.

Ambassador Mona Omar, the former assistant foreign minister, indicated, on the other hand, that the visit is extremely important especially for Eritrea, which has a privileged position in the Horn of Africa, in addition to the timing announced by one of the Eritrean officials through his account that there is a proposed mediation from the Eritrean side to save The negotiations are not going at a good pace, it is a very appropriate timing before the visit.

The former assistant foreign minister for African affairs told Masrawy that Egypt is interested in what is happening in Somalia that has borders with Eritrea and Turkish moves there, as well as discussing ways of joint cooperation in development.

The African Union undertakes a mediation process between Cairo, Addis Baba and Khartoum regarding the Renaissance Dam; With the aim of bringing the views of the three countries closer and come up with solutions that end Egypt's call to the Security Council, and revive the complementary development process of the three countries.

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