Tripartite talks on Renaissance Dam to resume next week

KHARTOUM, The ministers of irrigation of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, concluding a new round of talks on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) here on Sunday, agreed to resume the talks in Addis Ababa next week.

The just-ended round brought the viewpoints of the three countries closer to each other regarding how to fill the dam, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation Yasser Abbas, the host, said in a press release.

“This round featured new and positive ideas on technical matters, including the filling and the operation of the dam on the Blue Nile,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian presidential office said in a statement that Egypt is keen on building consensus on how to protect the interests of the three countries and ensure the sustainability of the River Nile.

Egypt has justifiable concerns that the dam could negatively affect its annual quota of water amounting to 55.5 billion cubic meters and the power generating capacity of the High Dam in Upper Egypt.

Source: Kuwait News Agency