Sudan’s PM Calls for Urgent Meeting over Nile Dam Dispute

ADDIS ABABA – Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called for an urgent summit of leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan to try and resolve the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The talks are seen as last-ditch attempts to revive tripartite talks that collapsed last week in Kinshasa.

Ever since the construction began on the $4.6bn dam in 2011, Egypt has been criticizing the dam, while Khartoum, which was in support of the construction, recently claims its own dams would be harmed if Ethiopia fills the reservoir without a deal.

“Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok invited his Egyptian counterpart Mostafa Madbouli and Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed to a summit within 10 days to evaluate the negotiations regarding GERD,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement late on Tuesday.

It said Hamdok expressed concern the dam’s construction had reached an advanced stage, making “reaching a deal before the start of operation an urgent and pressing matter”. The statement said the planned summit will be held by videoconference.

Earlier this week, Ethiopia, which contributes almost 86% of the water to the Nile river, said it has addressed all of the concerns Sudan had raised regarding its dam.

It has questioned Khartoum’s stands regarding the Dam while criticizing Egypt for failing to recognize Ethiopia’s “generosity and understanding”.