Saturday, March 07, 2015

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agree basis of Nile water deal

(Mar 07, 2015, (Khartoum (AFP)))--The foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia said early on Friday they had reached the basis of an agreement on the sharing of Nile waters and Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti (R) attends a press conference on the sidelines of meetings in Khartoum on March 3, 2015 between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia to try to resolve a dispute over a dam being built by Addis Ababa on the Nile (AFP Photo/Ashraf Shazly)
"A full agreement has been reached between our three countries on the principles of the use of the eastern Nile Basin and the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam," Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti told reporters early on Friday morning. The principles will be submitted to the heads of the three states for approval, Karti said at a press conference.

The talks, which started in Khartoum on Tuesday, focused on the sharing of the Nile river waters between the countries and resolving a dispute over a hydroelectric dam being built by Addis Ababa. Egypt fears Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam project would diminish its share of the river waters. In several rounds of talks, Ethiopia has said the project will have no effect on Sudan and Egypt downstream. Read more from AFP »

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