Egypt frees 32 Ethiopian prisoners during PM Abiy's visit

(EBC; June 11, 2018) - Egypt has released 32 Ethiopian prisoners during a visit by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in which he sought to assure Cairo that a massive upstream Nile dam would not cut into its share of the river, officials said Monday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned the prisoners, according to Egyptian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Fitsum Arega, chief of staff to the Ethiopian prime minister, tweeted that Dr. Abiy arrived back in Addis Ababa later Monday with all the 32 inmates freed from Egyptian prisons on board.

The prisoner release was announced Sunday by Prime Minister Abiy at a press conference with President el-Sissi.

Fitsum said Egypt has also promised to help locate the bodies of 38 Ethiopians killed by the Islamic State group in Libya in 2015.