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Shoukry to visit Ethiopia after Europe tour

Recent talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the Ethiopian Dam have ended in agreements

A picture taken on May 28, 2013 shows the Blue Nile River in Guba, Ethiopia, during its diversion ceremony  (AFP/File, William Lloyd-George)
A picture taken on May 28, 2013 shows the Blue Nile River in Guba, Ethiopia, during its diversion ceremony
(AFP/File, William Lloyd-George)

A trip to Ethiopia has been scheduled on Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s official agenda, an anonymous source at the foreign ministry said.

The foreign minister, who is currently on a Europe tour, is set to visit Ethiopia after returning from Europe. The minister started his tour in Berlin, is currently in Paris and is scheduled to visit Rome. The tour is slated to end on 3 September.

Egypt and Ethiopia have been locked in a diplomatic dispute over the ongoing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Tripartite talks were held between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on 25 and 26 August in Sudan and were headed by the water ministers of the three countries. In a joint statement, the trio later described the tripartite talks as “honest consultations”.

This was the first round of talks between the trio since January, when the three held talks without having reached any agreements.

On the first day of talks in August, Egypt’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Hossam El-Moghazy said “Egypt was never, and will never be against the development [of Nile basin countries]”.

However, Egypt is concerned that the dam will affect its share of Nile Water.

Together, Egypt and Sudan receive a majority of the Nile water. According to agreements the two countries signed in 1929 and 1959, Egypt annually receives 55.5bn cubic metres and Sudan receives 18.5bn cubic metres of the estimated total 84bn cubic metres of Nile water produced each year.

Egypt and Sudan signed these agreements in the absence of Ethiopia.

Egypt and Ethiopia held bilateral talks when then-Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdul Muttalib led a delegation to Ethiopia. However, the delegation returned from Ethiopia after failing to resolve “sticking points” on the dam.

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  • Alex

    We don’t like any Egyptian evil to visit our country

  • Queen of Saba

    Why is he coming? To do what?

  • Agere

    Alex and Queen of Saba, we do not have to sound like some megalomaniac Egyptian politician, it is a good thing he is visiting because that is how problems are solved. As you know Ethiopians are not shay to sit down and have a good conversation, we now how to handle visitors with respect, it is age old tradition. We are also known not to concede to any entity on earth when our right is violated – we have doing that for ever, so let him come and do his thing, it is OK.

    • Seife

      Agere, that a Matured comment.

    • Guest

      My dear friend, don’t expect any good from these people. All what they want is to preserve by any means the so called “historical share” . And it’s time for the Ethiopian people to stand firm and say NO!

  • Tesse

    The facts and realities based on fairness, right and the truth are the only solutions Egypt has to offer in order to gets from Ethiopia a long term solution. Ethiopia doesn’t need any investment from
    Egypt that brings any Egyptian in Ethiopia. They are not coming for anything right and good to benefit but to affect us as worse as possible by being within.
    There are thousands big and capable investors all over the world looking investment opportunities without affecting the society. But the Arabs are evils and demons with very big consequences having them in the country for any reason.

    Today’s world is suffering from the huge excess of money, the shortage of investment opportunities and market. Egypt itself is totally dependent on foreign aids and donations with tens of billions of dollar every year. in 2013, the Gulf dictators gave to Egypt more than 20 billion(12+8) for conducting coup against the elected government, killing democracy in Egypt, the massacres the world was watching with disbelieve and all the crimes are happening ever since.

    Egypt is not in the position to do any economic benefit to any nation let alone Ethiopia that is attracting billions of foreign investments every year from good nations and people which are not the nature of Arabs including Egypt. It is better having investors from Algeria and Libya than anyone from Egypt and its Arab criminal allies against Ethiopia and Africa in general.

    The Ethiopian government and people must aware and be vigilant the danger Egypt and its criminal Arab allies are posing against the country for generations to come. They must not allow in Ethiopia to have any base to stand on their dirty feet in the God blessing Ethiopia for any reason including investment.
    Egypt needs to invest in herself if she has any money and knowledge other than living under tens of billions foreign aid and donation including military equipments.

    Nile basin nations must learn from other nation’s worldwide how they are dealing with the trans-boundary water wealth started in Africa between South Africa and Lesotho.


    “Water generates high revenues for tiny Lesotho

    29 August 2014

    Only one third of the continent’s population has access to enough water, which means that those countries lucky enough to be endowed with rivers and lakes have a resource to trade on. They can use water for hydro-energy investments and for selling it to neighbouring states.

    Even though Lesotho has high debt levels and high unemployment, it is raking in billions by selling water to South Africa

  • Guest

    Creative outcomes

    The Lesotho Highlands Water Project provides lessons in the importance of an integrated approach to negotiating the allocation of a “basket” of resources. South Africa receives cost-effective water for its
    continued growth, while Lesotho receives revenue and hydropower for its own development.

  • ethiopia love

    it is good news that visiting senoir official of egypt may help to solve our differece,but as we know egyptians polititians tried so many options to stop the advancement of the dam so the government of ethiopia should look seriously with regard to three nations dialogue.

  • Ethiopia is Flourishing

    Water exports involve exporting freshwater from one country to another. Large increases in human population and economic growth throughout the world during the twentieth century placed a huge stress on the world’s freshwater resources. Combined with climate change, they will place an even greater demand on water resources in this century. Water shortages have become an international concern, and freshwater has been described as “blue gold”[1] and “the oil of the 21st Century.”[

    In Canada there have been concerns about exporting water to the United States since the 1960s, when states in the south-western US experienced their first water shortages and began to seek water sources to augment their overstretched supplies

    Freshwater export between Canada and the US currently takes place at a small scale, mostly as bottled water exports. The bottled water industry exports water in containers usually no larger than twenty litres

    Numerous proposals about transferring large amounts of freshwater from the Great Lakes Basin into the US have been made. This would involve inter-basin transport of water across the international boundary between Canada and the US using a man-made reservoir.

    In 1999 Nova Group Ltd. obtained a permit from the Ontario government to export 600 millions litres of water annually from Lake Superior to Asia.

    Water has been classed as a commodity under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since the 1980s. This has increased tensions in the debate about exporting water.

    The Federal government of Canada passed the International
    Boundary Waters Treaty Act in 2002. This banned the removal of more than 50 million cubic meters of water from a water basin in the Great Lakes in one day. The Boundary Waters Treaty is limited to waters on the Canadian-US border and does not apply to freshwater in other parts of Canada. This means the about 85 percent of Canada’s water is susceptible to export.[7] As human populations and industries grow and the climate change takes place, greater pressure will be placed on water-rich countries like Canada to export their water to countries that have a water shortage.[

    Alaska was the first jurisdiction in the world to permit the commercial export of bulk water, and has a large potential for water exports.[1] One scheme proposes transporting water from Alaska to China
    by tanker. This water would be used to assemble computer wafers by China’s relatively cheap labour force. Computer wafers require
    extremely pure freshwater. This makes the cost of desalination
    of saltwater prohibitely expensive, making schemes like this, that would not be profitable for domestic purposes, profitable for industrial purposes

    Water exports from Russia to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistanሸ Both the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Uzbek President Islam Karimov expressed interest in such a water transfer scheme.

    A water crisis may occur in the near future that would make bulk water export a more favourable plan.[The canals that would have to be constructed to transfer water require huge investment and operation costs. This would make the cost for consumers of the water expensive.

    The cost of desalination is currently US$1 per cubic meter.However,
    the need for extremely pure water for particular industrial uses would still require freshwater imports.

    The Nile water canal to export it is built by nature. There for it is ready to export it while other nations are looking to build canals and pipe line to export their water resources. Ethiopians must learn from and Egypt also must open her eyes and learn how others are
    dealing with their water resources and costs. No one is fool in the 21-century. Come to your sense.

    The minimum of 55 billion Cubic meter Nile water Egypt is getting for free every year would cost her at least 55 billion US dollar if she uses desalination. However the Nile water is rich with minerals and could cost her more than 110 billion every year. However, Ethiopia is getting from Egypt in return being the worse and longest enemy against her. But this is the 21-century where the old crimes are no longer accepted and working in Ethiopia but will backlash with devastating consequences against the enemies.

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