Water Ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan hold discussions on fillings of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) yesterday in Addis Ababa.
The discussion is following the tripartite discussion held in Bejing parallel to China African Forum.
Water ministers of the three countries discuss on decisions which leaders of the states agreed weeks ago.
The meeting is held between, Sileshi Bekele (engr.), Water, Irrigation and Electricity Minister of Ethiopia, and his counterparts Mohamed Abdel-Ati, (engr), Egypt’s water Minister and Mosa Omar Abul-Qasim, Minister of Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity of Sudan.
In a meeting held in Addis Ababa in May, a group of researchers from the three countries are assigned to examine the water filling process of the GERD reservoir, and yesterdays meeting discussed the findings of the committee.
Group of researchers from the three countries has conducted a beneficial research on the process of water filling, said Sileshi Bekele, Sileshi Bekele (engr.), Water, Irrigation and Electricity Minister of Ethiopia, adding that the researchers have participated in the meeting of the ministers held yesterday.
The discussion will enable us to address the problem which the committee faced in conducting the research, he added.
We are ready to accept the findings of the research and solve problems if there will be any conflict of interest, said, Mosa Omar Abul-Qasim, Minister of Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity of Sudan.
We need to move ahead and narrow the gap based on the previous agreements, he added.
Egyptians Water minister, Mohamed Abdel-Ati, (engr), in his part, said the discussion manifests the commitments of the countries to work collaboratively on the issue.
The nations will handle the water filling of the dam without causing any harm to other downstream countries, he stressed.