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Monday, 20 November 2017
 

Ministers of Water Resources of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia Meet in Addis Ababa Today

Khartoum - The ministers of water resources of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia hold a meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa today to remove the obstacles concerning the negotiations on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and discuss the technical studies for the dam and the situation of the ongoing talks between the three countries.
The three countries signed contracts last year with a French consultancy office for conducting technical studies on the dam to determine its impacts on the downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan.
Egypt had earlier announced that the last meeting of the technical committee of the three countries, which was held in Sudan, had witnessed differences on some elements cited in the initial report, which was prepared by the consultancy office.
Egyptian Minister of Water Resources, Mohamed Abdel-Atti, earlier said that the impacts of building the dam on Egypt could be lessened if there was agreement between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the method of filling and operation and management during the periods of floods and droughts of the dam.
The Ministers of Water Resources of Sudan Mutaz Musa, Egypt Mohamed Abdel-Atti and Ethiopia Seleshi Bekele paid yesterday a visit to the site of the Renaissance Dam prior to their meeting in Addis Ababa today to discuss non-technical issues.
The project manager of the dam briefed the visiting delegation on the importance of the project and its benefits for the two downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan.
He said that Ethiopia is keen on meeting the needs of the country of energy and realizing economic development as it is also keen on realizing benefits for the countries of the basin.
The tripartite technical committee of the three countries had completed deliberations during its meeting held in Sudan last September on technical issues in the initial report on the impacts of the dam on Sudan and Egypt, which was prepared the French consultancy firm.
 The ministers deliberate on the non-technical issues for approving the initial report on the impacts of the dam.