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Foreign Minister attends Arab meetings

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Foreign Minister Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, participated today in the consultative meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers, which was held in Doha.

Chaired by Qatari Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister, the session was attended  Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

The ministers discussed a number of issues related to the process of joint Arab action, the challenges facing the Arab world, the political and security situations in a number of Arab countries, and means to enhance cooperation and joint coordination towards regional and international issues and topics.

Dr. Al Zayani also participated in the meeting of Arab League  Council in its extraordinary session which focused on issue of  Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), at the request of Egypt and Sudan.

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The ministers approved a resolution submitted by Egypt, which affirmed that the water security of Egypt and Sudan is an integral part of Arab national security, and rejected any action or measure that would prejudice their rights in the Nile waters.

The resolution also stressed the importance of reaching a fair, balanced and legally binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam that achieves the common interests of the three countries and preserves the water rights of of Egypt and Sudan.

The resolution expressed concern about the stalled negotiations due to the positions adopted by Ethiopia, and its announced intention to continue filling the reservoir of the Renaissance Dam during the upcoming flood season in the summer of 2021.

It considered the move as a unilateral measure that violates the rules of international law, which may cause harm to the water interests of Egypt and Sudan, especially the water facilities in Sudan, the most important of which is the Roseires Dam.

The resolution called on Ethiopia to refrain from taking any unilateral measures that harm the water interests of Egypt and Sudan, including refraining from filling the Renaissance Dam reservoir without reaching an agreement on the rules for filling and operating the dam.

The resolution also called on the UN Security Council to assume its responsibilities in this regard by holding an urgent consultation session on this issue, and to take the necessary measures to launch an effective negotiating process that ensures reaching, within a specific time frame, a fair, balanced and legally binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam that takes into account the interests of the three countries.

The council congratulated the United Arab Emirates on obtaining non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for the period from 2022-2023.

It expressed thanks to Tunisia for its efforts to defend Arab issues and work to strengthen cooperation between the League of Arab States and the United Nations during its membership in the Security Council for the period from 2020-2021.

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