Ministerial Talks Agree to Narrow Differences Over Nile Dam

ADDIS ABEBA – Ministers of the three Nile River nations have agreed on Tuesday to narrow their differences on outstanding issues over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam. 

The negotiation on the giant hydroelectric dam has begun today under the auspices of the African Union, chaired by the South African Minister of International Relations.

Today’s virtual negotiation has involved Ministers of Foreign and Water Affairs of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt and was focused on how to fill and operate the Dam.

“Agreement is reached to resume the tripartite negation as per the understanding reaching following the consultation” of Ramaphosa and leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt in mid-October, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.

“Accordingly, the countries are expected to discuss and finalize in the coming seven days, the way forward and the workable timeline for the negotiation, to narrow gaps on outstanding issues,” the Ministry said in a statement after today’s meeting.

The technical negotiators are expected to report the results achieved to the foreign and water ministers of the three nations at their next meetings, said the statement without stating when the ministers plan to get together next.

According to the Ministry, the next technical meeting is expected to be held in the coming few days under the chairmanship of Sudan’s minister of Water. 

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