EGYPT INVITES SUDAN, ETHIOPIA TO DISCUSS ETHIOPIAN DAM PROJECT

CAIRO, July 3 – Egypt’s Irrigation Minister has invited his Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts for a meeting here to discuss Cairo’s concerns regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project now being built on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.

Egypt’s Irrigation Minister, Hossam Moghazy, who met his Sudanese counterpart, Moataz Moussa, in Khartoum on Tuesday, said he had invited Moussa and Ethiopian Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister, Alemayehu Tegenu for more talks in Egypt over the issue, according to the Egyptian daily, Al Ahram.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have formed a tripartite technical committee to study the possible effects of the dam and to try to achieve consensus on the concerns. Ethiopia maintains that Egypt’s share of Nile water will not be negatively affected by the project.

The tripartite committee’s work had been interrupted last December when Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir announced his support for the dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced last week in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, that the committee would resume its work after it was halted last December.

The tripartite committee will therefore meet soon in Cairo to resume negotiations over the project, a 4.2 billion-US dollar hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, one of the main tributaries of the Nile.

SOURCE: ERTA