Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Egypt has ‘pressure cards’ in Ethiopia Renaissance dam dispute, says minister

(Oct 13, 2015, (Ahram Online))-- Egypt holds pressure cards in Ethiopia's Renaissance dam issue and is making political and diplomatic efforts that aim to reach a compromise, Egypt's irrigation minister Hossam Moghazi said in press statements late Monday.

"We are currently discussing the next tripartite meeting between the irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to decide over the fate of both the French and the Dutch consultancy firms. It is expected to take place within the last 10 days of October," he said.

Moghazi, however, said that the current dispute is not about a power struggle between the involved parties, stressing that Egypt is seeking political and diplomatic solutions for the stand off.

The two foreign consultancy firms were supposed to reach an agreement and deliver their reports on 5 September to a committee of representatives and experts from Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan. Read more from Ahram Online »

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