The Fifth Ethio-Egypt Joint Ministerial Commission concludes
The Fifth Ethio-Egypt Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC)) was concluded Monday (November 3) with the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
The Meeting was attended by Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Foreign Minister of Ethiopia and Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, as well as Ministers and high level officials of the two sides. Opening the session, Dr. Tedros underlined the long-standing relationship between Egypt and Ethiopia stressing that “we have, of course, been linked indissolubly by the great River, Nile.” He noted that this historic relationship gave a firm foundation on which to build mutually beneficial relations. He also highlighted the importance Ethiopia attached to the expansion of cooperation in the areas of economy and trade, pointing out that a lot needed to be done to increase the level of engagement in trade and investment.
In his speech, Dr. Tedros also highlighted the need to work more effectively to implement agreements signed between the two countries. The record of implementing these had been poor, he said. Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Shoukry also noted that “ the historic relationship that binds our two nations is deeply rooted.” He reiterated the need to build on the spirit of positive cooperation spirit that followed the Malabo and New York meetings of Prime Minister Hailemariam and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Mr. Shoukry said the two sides had common goals and opportunities and the areas of possible cooperation were immense. He said it was important to explore all avenues through the concept of win-win cooperation and mutual respect. He stressed the Egyptian side was deeply satisfied with the outcome of the two-day senior officials meeting. The meeting adopted the agreed minutes of the Joint Ministerial Commission and signed a Cooperation Agreement on General Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and on Trade, and Memoranda of Understanding on Health, Women Affairs, and Diplomatic Training. In a final communiqué the two sides outlined their views on current regional political and security issues, including the situation in Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, Burkina Faso, and the Palestinian issue.
They agreed that all issues should be resolved through peaceful means. They appreciated the role of IGAD and AU in South Sudan; and supported the Comprehensive National Dialogue in Sudan. They reaffirmed their position on Palestine, calling for a just and lasting peace based on the two state solution. They expressed the importance of achieving stability, unity and the preservation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Libya. They also called for peaceful resolution of the situation in Burkina Faso and for the country to regain its stability. They condemned all acts of terror and agreed to enhance their efforts to combat terrorism, organized crimes and control human trafficking. They also stressed the importance of adopting a comprehensive vision and approach to deal with the Ebola epidemic and to collaborate with regional and international efforts to deal with this “grave and serious challenge“to the continent.