Ethiopia and Egypt would hold talks to iron out differences over an Ethiopian dam on the River Nile that Cairo sees as a threat to its water supplies, according to Reuters.
Series of meeting held between the two nations and Sudan regarding water flow management and other related issues of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) bore no fruit.
Ethiopia frequently tried to confirm that the water flow from Ethiopian Highland to Egypt would not be reduced due to the construction of the dam, however, Egypt fears the scheme will restrict the waters coming down from Ethiopia’s highlands, through the deserts of Sudan, to its fields and reservoirs.
According to a report from MENA, a news agency based in Egypt, Mostafa Madbouly, Egypt’s prime minister and Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopian prime minister agreed “to start bilateral discussions in the next two weeks to agree on the points that remain unagreed”
MENA cited Abiy as saying he wanted to preserve Egypt’s Nile river rights.
Following the tripartite discussion held in Bejing parallel to China African Forum, Water Ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan hold discussions on fillings of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) two months ago in Addis Ababa.