Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan FMs’ reaffirm commitment to reach “mutually beneficial agreement” over Renaissance Dam

WASHINGTON, The foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan and their delegations met Wednesday in Washington D.C. with US Secretary of the Treasury and the President of the World Bank David Malpass.

In a joint statement issued by the Department of Treasury, the ministers reaffirmed their joint commitment to reach “a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable and mutually beneficial agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and to establish a clear process for fulfilling that commitment in accordance with the 2015 Declaration of Principles.” They noted “their agreement to hold four technical governmental meetings at the level of water ministers,” where the ministers agreed that the World Bank and the US “would support and attend the meetings as observers.” The ministers also agreed “to work toward completion of an agreement by January 15, 2020” and would attend two meetings in Washington, D.C. on December 9 and January 13 “to assess and support progress.” The joint statement noted that “if an agreement is not reached by January 15, 2020, the foreign ministers agree that Article 10 of the 2015 Declaration of Principles will be invoked.” The foreign ministers reaffirmed “the significance of the Nile to the development of the people of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, the importance of transboundary cooperation, and their shared interest in concluding an agreement.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency