Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ethiopia committed to 'win-win approach' with Egypt over dam: Ethiopian FM

(May 17, 2014, (Cairo))--Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a meeting Thursday with the Yemeni president in Sanaa that Ethiopia is “committed to genuine negotiations with Egypt” over its controversial Grand Renaissance Dam, a statement on Ethiopia’s foreign ministry website reads.

The Grand Renaissance Dam, currently under construction, is situated near the Sudanese border on the Blue Nile — a main Nile tributary. It is set to be the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa, producing as much as 6,000 megawatts of energy.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern that the dam will affect its share of Nile water. Ethiopia insists this will not happen. The Ethiopian minister’s statement contradicts a statement by Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy issued last week.

Fahmy told Al-Ahram daily newspaper that Egypt has repeatedly called for negotiations with Ethiopia over the dam, but did not receive a real response. Read more from Ahram Online »

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