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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to resume dam talks on 26 August

The meeting is considered a sign of progress after a series of talks last year reached a stalemate

Ahram Online, Thursday 31 Jul 2014
Ethiopian Dam
File photo: Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam is constructed in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Sudan, June 28, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are scheduled to resume the tripartite Nile talks on 26 August in Sudan, Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Atti told Ahram Online.

The meeting is considered a sign of progress after a series of talks last year reached a stalemate.

The talks revolve around the planned Grand Renaissance Dam, a $4.2 billion hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, one of the main tributaries of the Nile.

The project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May 2013, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about the possible effect on Egypt's potable water supply.

Ethiopia maintains that Egypt's water share will not be negatively affected by the successful completion of the project. Egypt, on the other hand, has doubts on the matter.

On 29 July, Egypt's State Information Service published a statement revealing that Egypt approved Ethiopia's request to postpone the tripartite talks by one week. The talks were initially scheduled for mid-August.

The talks were initially planned to be carried in Cairo, however, they were moved to Khartoum.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry previously said that a June meeting between President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Ethiopian counterpart in Malabo had contributed to opening new channels in the relationship between the two states.

The talks are expected to continue on seven main points that El-Sisi and Hailemariam Desalegn previously discussed during their meeting. The points include respecting the dialogue and cooperation between the two countries, and the establishment of regional projects for the development of financial resources to meet the growing demand for water and to deal with water shortages.  

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