Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan commit to solve dam dispute by early next year

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All sides will meet four more times ahead of dam’s planned launch in January

By  MEE staff

The countries’ representatives met in Washington with officials from the US Treasury Department and the World Bank (Reuters/File photo)

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan’s foreign ministers have committed to reaching an “comprehensive” and “cooperative” agreement over a giant hydropower dam being built on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile, the three countries said in a joint statement.

The countries’ representatives met in Washington on Wednesday with both officials from the US Treasury Department and the World Bank.

The project had sparked fears in Egypt that the dam may affect the flow of the Nile – the main source of fresh water for the North African nation’s 97 million people.

The statement said the countries “reaffirmed their joint commitment” to reach an agreement on the “filling and operation” of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

All sides will hold four more “technical meetings” with their water ministers to fully create an agreement on the mega dam.

“The foreign ministers reaffirmed the significance of the Nile to the development of the people of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, the importance of transboundary cooperation, and their shared interest,” the statement said.

Ethiopia’s Blue Nile river is a tributary upstream from Egypt’s White Nile, and channels water into first Sudan, and then Egypt.

Egypt is also worried the dam would lower power generation at its own dam in Aswan.

The US Treasury said the United States and World Bank would take part as “observers” in future meetings as countries had committed to reaching an agreement on the GERD by 15 January 2020.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been working on an agreement on the dam for years, with Cairo previously saying that it has exhausted any efforts to do so.

Ethiopia, on the other hand, accused Egypt of trying to sidestep the process.

For years, Egypt has viewed the Nile river as its own, saying it has “historic rights” to the river. However, Ethiopia has defended its right to build the dam, which is around 70 percent complete.

Ethiopia says it plans to use the dam to provide electricity for its 100 million people.

4 Responses to Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan commit to solve dam dispute by early next year

  1. Good news. No one will benefit from escalating the dispute. Macho man attitude ain’t gonna work. Macho man is only good in the ring doing the wrestling stuff and Randy is dead and long gone. Ok Egypt!! Back to your seat!!!

    But this is really bad news for the ‘Republic’ mongering bigots. Now el-Sisi may be forced to hold back the bread crumbs on you. He is the only one who can read your sick mind!!!

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    Ittu Aba Farda
    November 6, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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  2. Great test for Abiy is Egypt .The rest we took care of it , Nephtegna is not going to make a comeback. We make sure the Menilik sefari nephtegna is put down.

    Abiy or whoever is not deciding for us, we struggled brought this to make sure no nephtegna bring back the centuries of nephtegna colonialism at it’s worst.

    Egypt diplomacy about the dam may or should prove Abiy’s greatness on, the other inner stuff about nephtegna Menilik sefari we make sure the rule of a gun nephtegna will not return, nomatter how much the nephtegna is still trying.

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    Kumsa
    November 7, 2019 at 1:08 am
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  3. Ethiopia should make sure every African country knows that Ethiopians got the right to build this dam from scratch again.

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    Menilik
    November 7, 2019 at 5:31 am
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  4. Out of the 53 African countries Egypt ranks to have the 9th best HDI Human Development Index rank in Africa , while Sudan ranks 34th and Ethiopia ranks 38th just fifteen ranks away from the country with the worst HDI rank in Africa.

    The current low human development rank of Ethiopia making Ethiopia the country with 38th worst quality in Africa according to the Human Development Index / HDI
    is about to Sprint into medium human development HDI rank due to the current institutionalized Ethiopian political reforms and the institutionalized Ethiopian economic reforms that are chosen to help sprint the current rank of 38 HDI out of the 53 African countries.

    Ethiopia is 15th from the country with the lowest HDI in Africa Niger while Eritrea ranked 43 HDI being the10th country from Niger the country with the lowest HDI human development index rank

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    Raugal
    November 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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