Irrigation Minister: Ethiopia refuses to reach an agreement in the Renaissance Dam crisis


11:44 AM

Sunday 18 October 2020

Books _ Ahmed Massad:

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, said that the Ethiopian position represents a major challenge for the countries of Egypt and Sudan in the Grand Renaissance Dam crisis.

During his speech at the opening of Cairo Water Week, Abdel Ati indicated that Egypt faces a challenge represented in not agreeing on the rules for filling and operating the Renaissance Dam despite the support provided by Egypt to the concerns of the Ethiopian side.

He stressed that Egypt sought, through the agreement of principles signed in Sudan in 2015, to reach a fair and balanced agreement that takes into account the interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, but Ethiopia prevented that.

He added that Egypt is the driest country in the world and more than 97% of the water comes from outside the borders, which made the balance extremely difficult, and we cannot rely on groundwater in light of the population increase that has caused a decrease in the per capita share of water.

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