Monday, March 23, 2015

Sisi arrives in Addis Ababa, to address Ethiopian parliament

(Mar 24, 2015, (Addis Ababa))--Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was welcomed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Both leaders were in Khartoum earlier in the day, where they – along with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir – signed a declaration of principles on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which Ethiopia is currently building on the Nile's upper reaches.

Egyptian President Fattah al-Sisi is welcomed by Ethiopian PM Desalegn upon arriving at the Bole International Airport in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa (Photo: Reuters)

 During his visit to Ethiopia – his first-ever state visit to the Horn of Africa nation – al-Sisi is scheduled to meet with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome at the National Palace on Tuesday.At the same venue, he is also slated to hold talks with Desalegn, before both officials hold a joint press conference.

He is also scheduled to visit the leaders of Ethiopia's Islamic Affairs Council and Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch Abune Mathias. Egypt's al-Sisi is due to wrap up his visit with a Wednesday address before Ethiopia's parliament.

The GERD project has been at the center of a diplomatic row between Cairo and Addis Ababa for several months. While Ethiopia views the dam as a prerequisite for its economic development, Egypt fears the project will lead to a marked reduction in its historical share of Nile water. Read more from World Bulletin / News Desk »

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