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Congo backs Egypt in Nile dam dispute

Amid the heated dispute between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the GERD negotiations, the Egyptian presidency said it received the support of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Democratic Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi attends the 32nd African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa on February 10, 2019. - While multiple crises on the continent will be on the agenda of heads of state from the 55 member nations, the two-day summit will also focus on institutional reforms, and the establishment of a continent-wide free trade zone. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a letter Sept. 19 from the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Felix Tshisekedi, that included “the DRC’s expression of support for the Egyptian terms of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue and aspirations to develop bilateral ties with Egypt and tap into its experience in infrastructure and large development projects,” according to an Egyptian presidency statement.

Sisi expressed his appreciation for the DRC’s stance in support of Egypt regarding the Nile dam issue. He added, “Egypt’s hand is extended to the DRC and to all countries of the continent for cooperation, construction, development and peace to benefit from the massive capacities and rich resources of the DRC and other friendly African states, to develop them and capitalize on them economically in the best way possible for the current and future African generations.”

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