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Ministers from the United States of America, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed to meet on January 28 and 29 in Washington to reach a comprehensive agreement on the Renaissance Dam, according to a statement issued by the US Treasury.
Al-Masry Al-Youm publishes the features of what the foreign and irrigation ministers reached in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia regarding the Renaissance Dam:
– The ministers expressed “their commitment to reach a comprehensive cooperation agreement on filling the dam reservoir.”
Filling the dam will be carried out in stages during the rainy season.
The filling will take into account the impact on the water reserves in the downstream countries.
Subsequent filling stages of the Renaissance Dam will allow water to drain during prolonged droughts.
The first stage of filling the dam reservoir aims to reach a level of 595 meters above sea level and start generating electricity.
Providing appropriate ways to mitigate the impact of the drought on Egypt and Sudan.
– Tank filling will be carried out in stages and will be implemented in an adaptive and cooperative manner that takes into account the rain conditions of the Blue Nile and the potential impact of filling on the tanks in the course of the river.
– The packing will take place during the rainy season, generally from July to August.
– The filling process of the Renaissance Dam Reservoir continues in September, according to certain conditions.
– The initial filling stage will provide the rapid completion of the level of 595 meters above sea level and the early generation of electricity.
– Ethiopia is committed to providing appropriate mitigation measures for Egypt and Sudan in the event of severe drought during this time of mobilization.
– The subsequent stages of filling will be carried out according to an agreed mechanism.
This mechanism determines mobilization based on the conditions of the Blue Nile and the level of water that achieves filling targets in Ethiopia and provides electricity generation with appropriate water provision measures for Egypt and Sudan during periods of dry years.
– An effective dispute settlement coordination mechanism will be established.
– The ministers agreed that there is a shared responsibility of the three countries to manage potential droughts.