Including foreign ministers of foreign affairs and irrigation from Cairo, Khartoum and Addis Ababa, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri
The Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri announced that the Egypt will host a tripartite meeting of foreign and irrigation ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on February 20 to break the logjam in The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations.
This came in an interview TV conducted by Shukri with Egyptian satellite channels, Sunday, on the sidelines of the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Shukri said we are witnessing a recession over the past 6 to 9 months in the communication between the three parties on water rights.
He added that the negotiating process has been organized, continuous, and is at a pace of reassuring access to consensus and solutions (…) but these negotiations have stopped.
Last year, there were meetings of foreign, water ministers and general intelligence chiefs of the three countries on the Renaissance dam.
Shukri said that the three parties have not reached a unified vision on how to deal with the issue of filling the dam reservoir and its operation, “Sometimes there are differences in vision (…) There will be efforts in the next phase to revive this path.”
On the tripartite summit between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, which was held in Addis Ababa earlier today, Shukri explained that “it was necessary to have this meeting to review the standstill the break the logjam.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abi Ahmed Ali agreed at the tripartite summit to work to reach consensus on all outstanding issues on the “Renaissance Dam” negotiations, a presidential statement said.
Shukri pointed out that “the outcome of the (trilateral summit) was to break the logjam by restoring the pace of meetings and to call for a meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs and irrigation (the three countries) in Cairo on February 20.”
He said that today’s meeting “reaffirms the principles established in the March 15, 2015 agreement (including not to harm Egypt’s interests, Sudan’s water and Ethiopia’s rights to development) and to restore negotiations.”
Despite several meetings held by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on technical studies to build the “Renaissance Dam”, a solution to the satisfaction of the three countries has yet to be reached.
Cairo fears a possible negative impact of the Ethiopian dam on the flow of its annual share of Nile water (55 billion cubic meters).
Ethiopia says the dam will be a good energy generator and will not be harmful to the two states of the Nile, Sudan and Egypt.