Egypt and Ethiopia Agree to Avoid Clash over Huge Nile River Dam

  • Egypt and Ethiopia Agree to Avoid Clash over Huge Nile River Dam

Egypt and Ethiopia Agree to Avoid Clash over Huge Nile River Dam

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says Ethiopia will not reduce Egypt's share of Nike waters, as his country works to complete what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.

His remarks came in a joint press conference in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following their talks on the giant dam that is now being built on the Nile River.

"We believe that we should benefit from this river, the Nile, but when we benefit we should not do harm to the Egyptian people", Ahmed said. "We will work with the people of Egypt in any area", Abiy said.

Upstream Nile Basin country Ethiopia and downstream Sudan eye massive benefits from the GERD construction, while downstream Egypt is concerned it might affect its 55.5-billion-cubic-meter annual share of the river water. River Nile and Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam project, which has been a controversial issue between to two countries for the last few years, is also expected to be in the agenda for discussion between the two leaders.

Fitsum Arega, chief of staff to the Ethiopian prime minister, tweeted that the freed prisoners will arrive in Addis Ababa later on Monday.

Ahmed left Cairo on Monday after a two-day visit, his first since he assumed office in April.

On May 16, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan said they had made progress in talks on their lingering dispute over the Ethiopian dam.

Addis Ababa hopes the finished project can transform it into one of Africa's key energy hubs.

Construction workers are seen in a section of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, as it undergoes construction, during a media tour along the river Nile in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Guba Woreda, in Ethiopia, March 31, 2015.

In May, the irrigation ministers of all three countries that share the Nile agreed to set up a study group on how the dam would be filled and meet once every six months to discuss the situation. Past Egyptian presidents have warned that any attempt to build dams along the Nile will be met with military action, but Egypt's current leader, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, has ruled that out.