Summit on Ethiopia dam in Khartoum on 23 March: Sudanese FM

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Mar 2015

Leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to sign a final agreement on Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam at summit

File Photo: A general view shows construction activity on the Grand Renaissance dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region March 16, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Sudanese capital Khartoum will host a trilateral summit for Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on 23 March, state news agency MENA reported.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said on Saturday that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Sudanese President Omar Bashir would attend the summit to sign a final agreement on Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam after talks were held between the three countries earlier this month. 

Karti described the upcoming agreement as "historic."

The summit will be also attended by the water and foreign ministers, Karti told MENA. 

The Sudanese president and Ethiopian prime minister headed their countries' delegations at the Egypt's Economic Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh. 

Egypt fears Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, of which 40 percent is built, will adversely affect its share of the Nile's water. Ethiopia is building the dam on the Blue Nile, the river's most significant tributary, supplying most of its water.

The Ethiopian 6,000 megawatt dam, set to be Africa's largest, is expected to be fully completed by 2017.

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