Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia reach agreement on GERD

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Friday reached an agreement on developing a timetable for filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in phases, the Foreign Ministry announced.

The announcement came after rounds of marathon talks between the foreign and irrigation ministers of the three countries in Washington.

According to a joint statement, the three countries agreed on establishing a mechanism that sets out the special measures to be taken during periods of drought.

They also agreed on the importance of completing negotiations and reaching an agreement on the mechanism for operating the dam during the hydrological conditions of the Blue Nile, the statement said.

The three parties agreed on developing mechanisms to monitor the implementation of the agreement, as well as settling disputes, the statement read.

They called for addressing the dam’s safety problem and completing all studies related to its environmental and social impact, the statement said.

The statement noted that the technical and legal experts will continue their talks in Washington for drafting the final agreement to be signed by the three countries’ ministers at the end of February.

Source: State Information Service Egypt