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Burundi speaks up for Egypt in GERD crisis

Burundi has expressed support for Egypt in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry leaves after attending a meeting of the tripartite technical committee on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Dec. 12, 2015.

CAIRO — Burundi’s Foreign Minister Albert Shinjiro recently said the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a very sensitive file and every country has the right to achieve development, but “the right to life comes before the right to development.”

Speaking at a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Sept. 7 in Cairo, Shinjiro said, “Water for the Egyptians is a matter of life or death,” adding the GERD crisis should be resolved through dialogue and a binding legal agreement needs to be reached.

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