Ethiopia is heading to Moussa Faki in Khartoum .. Will the AU Efforts Lead to the Settlement of GERD Crisis?
Ethiopia is insisting to start the second filling of GERD regardless of reaching a consensus agreement with Sudan and Egypt.
In recent days, the Sudanese Foreign Minister launched shuttle moves to some African countries after the failure of the unilateral and bilateral efforts in convincing Ethiopia to suspend its decision of the second filing which is supposed to start next month without reaching an agreement with Sudan and Egypt.
This matter might affect the diplomatic relations between Sudan and Ethiopia from one side and between Ethiopia and Egypt from the other side.
The Sudanese efforts led by Foreign Minister, Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi achieved considerable success crowed by the recent visit of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki met with Sudanese top officials including the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, First Vice President of the transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, and Foreign Minister, Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi.
The visit of the AU official might be the last before Ethiopia starts the second filling of GERD, considering that Addis Ababa did not show any flexibility and insisted on its previous stance without presenting any practical steps which could have the acceptance of both Sudan and Egypt.
Ethiopia went the extra mile by promoting its stance regionally and internationally a matter that indicates differences of stance with Egypt and Sudan.
President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan who received the Chairperson of the AU Commission, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki lauded the role of the AU in dealing with the continent’s issues referring to the GERD issue as one of the issues which could be resolved within the AU house, a matter that affirms Sudan’s confidence that the AU could play a positive role in this regard.
Al-Burhan welcomed the AU’s endeavors in resolving the GERD issue and the border tension with neighboring Ethiopia, pointing out the successful efforts of the AU in each of Libya, the Central African Republic, and Chad.
For her part, Foreign Minister, Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi briefed the visiting AU delegation on the developments in the issue of GERD and the borders’ tensions, reiterating Sudan’s insistence to reach a legal agreement on the filling and operation of GERD.
First Vice President (FVP) of the Transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo has received in his office at the Republican Palace, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the accompanying delegation.
FVP lauded the efforts of the AU and its continuous endeavor’s to support Sudan in making the transitional period a success.
He briefed the visiting delegation on the developments in the country and the efforts exerted by the government in dealing with it, pointing out the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement through the matrix agreed on by all parties.
He called the AU to continue its support to Sudan in this stage towards democratic transition by the end of the transitional period.
He reiterated Sudan’s stance on the necessity of reaching a commitment to agreement on the second filing of GERD.
For his part, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat affirmed the readiness of the AU to provide support to Sudan to achieve the aspired democratic transition, pointing out that the AU is attempting to find out a solution to the GERD crisis.
The AU visiting delegation included besides Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the Political, Peace and Security Commission, Prof, Mohamed Uld Labat the Senior Advisor of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, and Ambassador Mohammed Baliesh the Head of AU Liaison Office in Khartoum.
Prime Minister, Dr. Abdallah Hamdok announced that Sudan will provide the AU Commission with additional information on the GERD issue, affirming that the resolution should be within a comprehensive framework of cooperation and integration among the three countries.
He added that Sudan’s stance could be summarized in the necessity of reaching a legal agreement to enable Sudan to avoid any damages that might result from the absence of essential information over the issue of the second filling and operation.
the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki affirmed the support of the AU to the transitional period government to overcome the challenges ahead.
Faki urged the transitional period partners to launch an internal national dialogue over the issues of transition without exclusion.