Officials from Egypt and Sudan have called on Ethiopia to join them in serious mediated negotiations aimed at resolving an impasse over a giant Nile dam scheme. The two nations want Addis Ababa to engage in tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project as soon as possible.
In a joint statement following a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Ali Al-Sadiq, highlighted ‘the importance of continuing to seek serious negotiations under the auspices of the presidency of the African Union on the renaissance dam, so that this leads to a binding legal agreement that achieves the interests of the three countries’.
Egypt said recently that Ethiopia’s decision to unilaterally start operating the dam on the Blue Nile was a violation of a declaration of principles signed in 2015 by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Cairo’s comments followed Ahmed’s inauguration of the first phase of electricity generation from the dam during a ceremony attended by dozens of officials and members of parliament.