Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Egypt asks Ethiopia to resume negotiations over 'Renaissance Dam'

(Jul 02, 2014, (Middle East Monitor))--Ethiopia has received an official letter from Egypt suggesting the resumption of negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Renaissance Dam, a senior Ethiopian official has said.

Turkish news agency Anadolu quoted the director of the Ethiopian department of trans-border rivers, Faqih Ahmed, as saying that the Egyptian irrigation ministry had suggested trilateral negotiations between Cairo, Khartoum and Addis-Ababa to discuss the construction of Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam on the upper reaches of the Nile.

Faqih also noted that the presidents of Ethiopia and Egypt had met last week on the margins of an African Summit held in Guinea and agreed to resume the negotiations on the basis that all refrain from harming the other. He also noted that his country is studying the Egyptian suggestion.

Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Egyptian irrigation ministry Khalid Wasif confirmed to Anadolu that Egypt has called for the Ethiopians to resume trilateral negotiations in Cairo in the middle of July.  Read more from Middle East Monitor »

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