Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan to Continue Dam Talks in Cairo

ADDIS ABEBA – Water ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Khartoum agreed to meet in Cairo after making some progress in their discussion over Renaissance Dam’s, according to Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs. 

The two-day long discussion between the ministers of the three nations in Addis Ababa was a continuation of the meeting that took place in Khartoum.

Officials said technical elements governing the process of filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) were subject to the discussion that took place on Friday and Saturday.

Ministers had discussed on selected topics regarding the filling the Renaissance Dam’s reservoir, said the ministry, in a statement issued after the meeting on Saturday.

They managed to reach consensus in some of the areas, and decided to continue their talks on areas that need discussions in Egypt, it said.

The statement does not mention which topics that the ministers had reached consensus on. An Egyptian media reported on Sunday that Ethiopia agreed to carry out filling up the reservoir within “seven years”.

The ministers also discussed how to deal with possible droughts, protracted drought and the refill situation, in addition to tackling the coordination mechanism between the three countries, where each country presented its views on these elements, said Egypt’s foreign ministry in a statement.

The discussion will resume after two weeks, December 2 and 3, 2019, in Cairo.