President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said all Nile Basin countries, including Ethiopia, have the right to develop the Nile River based on the mutual benefits of their people.
The President stated the above in a press briefing he gave alongside Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn after the Ethio-Egypt Joint Commission meeting.
The leaders stressed that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) should not be a cause of conflict but that of solidarity between Ethiopia and Egypt.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said the Nile River which has been a source of the longstanding and historical relations between the two countries is crucial in the livehood of the people.
Thus all Nile Basin countries, including Ethiopia, have the right to develop the Nile River based on the mutual benefits of their people.
According to him, the cooperation of Nile Basin countries can be described as exemplary.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on his part the Nile River is a source of cooperation, but not that of mistrust.
The Premier, who noted that he realizes the significance of the Nile River for Egypt, emphasized the needs of the Ethiopian people to extricate themselves from poverty.
"Ethiopia does not have the desire to harm any country in the basin in the process of building the dam," Hailemariam explained.
Instead it is designed in such a manner as to benefit all the basin countries, according to the PM.
He further stated that the idea proposed by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi the inclusion of a third in the technical committee would be considered. " If we continue with the trust we are now developing, we can resolve it by ourselves," he stressed.
The 6th Ethio-Egypt Joint Commission meeting is underway in Cairo.