Egyptian Ministers, U.S. Envoy Hold Talks On Ethiopia’s Nile Dam

CAIRO, May 6 (NNN-MENA) – Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aty, held talks yesterday with U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), built on the Nile River, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, in a statement.

The Egyptian ministry said, the meeting was held “in order to discuss the developments of the GERD file and the Egyptian position in this regard.”

Recent negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia failed to reach a legally binding agreement, on the rules of filling and operating the GERD.

Ethiopia, an upstream Nile basin country, carried out the first phase of filling the dam unilaterally in July, 2020, and is planning to go ahead with the second phase in July this year, despite concerns of Egypt and Sudan.

Ethiopia started building the GERD in 2011, while Egypt is concerned the dam might affect its 55.5-billion-cubic-metre annual share of the Nile water. Sudan has also raised similar concerns over the dam.– NNN-MENA


Source: NAM News Network