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Egypt reiterates importance of studying GERD plan

Water ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan meet in Khartoum

Egypt stressed the importance of beginning studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) by international experts, as agreed by the two countries and Sudan in April.

The three countries met for the seventh round of meetings for the GERD negotiations, which have been ongoing since the signing of an agreement in March.

The agreement set a roadmap and terms for negotiations to cooperate on the dam, and stipulated that technical studies would be conducted on its effect on downstream countries Sudan and Egypt.

Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazi reiterated, in his speech, the importance of the time factor in conducting the studies on the dam.

“The most important issues agreed on in the roadmap are the outcomes of the studies to be prepared by the National Tripartite Commission that have been recommended in the final report of the International Commission of Experts,” he said.

The seventh round of the negotiations between the three countries’ water ministers is to last for three days, after the sixth round was held in Cairo last month.

The ministers are set to discuss unresolved technicalities following the meeting of water experts during the sixth round.

The GERD has been a major concern for Egypt, fearing it could decrease its water share of the Nile and harm its water security.

Egyptian-Ethiopian relations soured significantly under ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. A meeting between him and several state and public figures discussing the GERD was aired, in which several offensive comments were made against Ethiopia. At one point, someone in the meeting suggested bombing the country.

Relations have improved under President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who has made efforts to restore ties with the Nile basin country, as well as other African countries.

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  • Rodney Loder

    The story were always told is that the Ethiopian Dam will only be used for power production and the diversion is not for irrigation.
    Arab Unity is of critical importance to ensure that really is the case.
    The US hegemony of the Region will explicitly derail our fraternal relations in order to promote jew ascendency, and you can be sure like jew settlements in Palestine water will be weapon of choice by these enemies of Allah.
    And the Ethiopians will do as their told exactly as they did by invading Somalia at the height of drought and famine.

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