Abiy traveled to Egypt from Uganda where he received "The Pearl of Africa Grand Medal" Award from Ugandan President Yoweri museveni on Heroes, a national holiday in the country, "for his reconciliatory leadership in achieving peace & stability in Ethiopia & for extending Olive Branch to #Eritrea", as tweeted by his chief of staff Fitsum Arega. Past Egyptian presidents have warned that any attempt to build dams along the Nile will be met with military action, but Egypt's current leader, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, has ruled that out.
"We will take care of the Nile, and we will preserve your share of the Nile's water and we will work to increase this share", the Ethiopian prime minister promised.
"We have come a long way in building confidence and strengthening bilateral cooperation", Sisi said.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will arrive at Cairo International Airport on Sunday morning heading a high-level delegation, Ethiopia's Cairo ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie Amde said.
"I would like to reiterate that the relation between Egypt and Ethiopia is a strategic partnership relation, and that Egypt's strategic policy is to enhance common interests with Ethiopia in all fields", the Egyptian president told the news conference.
The released prisoners reportedly left the country on Monday on the prime minister's plane as he departed to Addis Ababa. Since then, tensions have mounted after repeated rounds of talks failed.
"The visit is important because it is the Ethiopian new premier's first visit to Cairo and it will reveal his vision on the dam issue", said Hani Raslan, head of Sudan and Nile Basin studies department at Cairo-based Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
"The meetings of the ministerial committees are unable to make key breakthroughs without consensus at the level of political leaderships", Raslan told Xinhua.
The leaders of Egypt and Ethiopia say they have made progress in their talks on sharing the waters of the Nile River.
The dam is being built near the Ethiopia-Sudan border and is already 63 percent complete.
The ambitious project will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.
Diplomatic tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia have seen on the rise since the dam project started in 2011.
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