Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan agree to study filling of Nile dam

  • Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan agree to study filling of Nile dam

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan agree to study filling of Nile dam

Shoukry, Kamel and Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati are meeting with their Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts in Addis Ababa to discuss the latest developments in the GERD talks and how to propel them forward.

The document stated several points that the ministers agreed on: firstly, regular tripartite meetings will be conducted between the three ministers of the countries. More high-level talks are set for July 3 in Cairo.

An independent scientific study group comprising of 15 members from the three countries will be consensually formed and shall submit the results of its work by August 2018 to be considered in the three countries' future meetings. This will mainly address "equitable and reasonable utilization of shared water resources while taking all appropriate measures to prevent the causing of significant harm".

It followed the Tripartite National Committee (TNC) meeting of the three countries, held in Addis Ababa on May 5, which ended without any breakthrough.

The ministry spokesman had hinted in a previous tweet that a deal was about to be reached, writing that "After 12 hours of continuous negotiations that have not yet come to an end, the GERD mediation meeting is coming close to the road that ensures the continuation of studies".

Egypt's Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, told reporters that "we have charted a roadmap that, if successful, will be able to break difficulties that we have been facing", according to the Washington Post.

In 2011, Ethiopia started the construction of the 6,000-megawatt Renaissance Dam over the Blue Nile River, one of the major sources of water that forms the Nile River downstream.

Top officials from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan today confirmed the adoption of commitments in the context of the ongoing talks in this capital about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Ethiopia is building a massive $4.2 billion dam on the Nile's main tributary that Egypt, which depends on the Nile for its water supply, fears will divert too much water and place pressure on its agriculture.