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The Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation, Celchi Bekele, said that the tripartite negotiations with Egypt and Sudan on the Renaissance Dam are scheduled to resume soon, stressing that Addis Ababa is committed to a fair and equitable use of the Nile River resources without harming the two downstream countries.
“It is expected that the tripartite discussions on the Renaissance Dam will resume during the weekend, led by the African Union,” Bekele wrote in a series of tweets on his Twitter account, adding that this would be attended by experts and observers from the union along with experts from the three countries as well.
He also added that Ethiopia is committed to “always using a fair and equitable use of the Nile River resources without harming the downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan.”
Last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed confirmed that his country is proceeding with the Renaissance Dam project “whatever the challenges” and will work to turn it into a reality.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi had stated that infringing Egypt’s water rights would have an Egyptian response that would affect the stability of the region.
“Egypt’s water rights are a red line,” Sisi said on Tuesday. Regional instability will occur if one of Egypt’s water rights is violated. Egypt is able to meet any threat ».
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