Egyptian, US presidents discuss Ethiopian dam issue

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the recent developments in the talks on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in a phone call, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

During the phone call late on Thursday, al-Sisi expressed his appreciation for the U.S. support for the talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Trump expressed his wish to see talks “be successful and yield positive and fair results for all parties,” the statement said.

On Wednesday, Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said Egypt sticks to its proposals regarding the filling and operation of Ethiopia’s new upstream dam on the Nile River

Egypt seeks a minimum annual flow of 40 billion cubic meters of water from the Blue Nile branch while Ethiopia proposes an annual passage of 35 billion cubic meters.

Negotiations involving Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been fruitless for years. They recently started new rounds of talks with the mediation of the United States and the participation of the World Bank.

Xinhua, December 27, 2019

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2 Responses to Egyptian, US presidents discuss Ethiopian dam issue

  1. Mean annual volume is 48.5
    The peak was 79.0 in 1909. And lowest was 20.6 in 1913.
    if 40 is agreed upon, then the dam will fill in about 5 years.
    Ethiopia should be happy with that.

    k martinson
    December 28, 2019 at 10:30 pm

  2. K Martinson

    Ethiopia can not base predictions on figures collected from times prior to climate change. In light of the recent satellite findings showing East Africa’s unforseen and highly irregular changing climate patterns , Ethiopia is not in a position to make any predictions or deals for the next three to five years , since our satellite is showing us highly irregular weather patterns coming our way which honestly Ethiopia’s leaders or Ethiopia’s metrology department were not aware of even with the evidence it was difficult for them to believe what they saw shocked to find out the disasterous climate we are about to encounter, that’s why Ethiopia must not make any deal or predictions until all scientific evidences are collected to base our judgements on which might take us until the end of the year 2025.

    Amir Aman
    December 29, 2019 at 9:39 pm

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