Thursday, May 21, 2020
Cairo – (ASA):
Egypt has expressed its willingness, always willing to engage in a negotiating process with Sudan and Ethiopia, regarding the “Renaissance Dam”, and to participate in the meeting to be held.
This came as a comment on the results of the meeting held Thursday between the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock and his Ethiopian counterpart Abi Ahmed, during which it was agreed to return the three parties (Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia) to the negotiating table to complete the remaining left part of the agreement to fill and operate the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as was done in Negotiation tracks in recent months,
In a statement today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the importance of the meeting to be serious and constructive and to contribute to reaching a just, balanced and comprehensive agreement that preserves Egypt’s water interests and equally takes into account the interests of Ethiopia and Sudan.
Abi Ahmed had confirmed his country’s readiness to cooperate with Egypt and Sudan in order to reach a final agreement on the Renaissance Dam that takes into account the interests of the three countries.
The heads of the Sudanese and Ethiopian government, Abdullah Hamdouk and Abi Ahmed, during a video conference Thursday, stressed the importance of the parties returning to the negotiating table on the Renaissance Dam.
The Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Celchi Bekele, announced that the process of building the Renaissance Dam in his country has reached 73 percent, indicating that the initial mobilization of the dam reservoir will begin next July.
This came in a briefing given by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy to the ambassadors residing in Addis Ababa on the progress of construction of the dam, the Ethiopian News Agency (INA) reported on Wednesday evening.
Bekele highlighted in that briefing, according to (INA), the negotiations that took place between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan regarding the construction of the dam.
The agency added that the minister explained the reasons for the “failure” of the discussions in which the United States and the World Bank participated in addressing the dispute between the three countries.
The Ethiopian minister told the ambassadors that the dam “will not cause any harm to the downstream countries.”
Ethiopia began construction work on the dam in 2011 on the Blue Nile (the main tributary of the Nile) with the aim of generating electricity. While Egypt fears its impact on its share of water amounting to 55.5 billion cubic meters.