Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ethiopia willing to respect GERD conventions: Ethiopian Foreign Minister

(Mar 03, 2015, (Daily News Egypt))--Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tawadros Adhanom expressed Tuesday his country’s commitment to overcoming points of contention over the joint cooperation with Egypt and Sudan regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Adhanom stressed that the construction of the dam does not harm the interests of the upstream states, according to state-run newspaper Al-Ahram. Adhanom said Ethiopia is keen on completing all conventions and recommendations to reach common benefit for all.

 “The Renaissance Dam will be a symbol of the fruitful cooperation between the three countries,” Adhanom said during the opening of the ministerial meeting in Khartoum. The meeting included Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Water Resources from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, and came as a continuation of the meeting in Addis Ababa, held early February.

On 5 March, technical meetings resume between the ministers of water resources of the three countries. Ethiopia began constructing the dam in 2011, and since then Egypt and Ethiopia have been locked in contention, which reached a peak in 2013. Read more from Daily News Egypt »

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