Last Update 23:6
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Egypt and Ethiopia agree that tripartite dam committee will resume its work

The Egyptian foreign minister along with his Ethiopian counterpart stressed that Ethiopia will understand the importance of the Nile River to Egypt and that Egypt will understand the Ethiopian need for development

Ahram Online, Friday 27 Jun 2014
Ethiopian Prime Minister and Egyptian President
Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi talks to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as they arrive to attend the 23rd African Union Summit (AUS) in Malabo June 26, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 8601
Share/Bookmark
Views: 8601

Egypt and Ethiopia will form a joint committee in the upcoming three months to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries, the foreign ministers of both countries announced in a joint statement on Friday.

The statement came after Egypt`s new president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, met with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, after the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo.

According to the statement, the Ethiopian government is committed to avoid any potential damage that could result from the Grand Renaissance dam currently being built on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.

Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian foreign minister, along with his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom, stressed in the statement that Ethiopia will understand the importance of the Nile to Egypt; and that Egypt will understand the Ethiopian plans and need for development.  

The two ministers cited seven main points that El-Sisi and Desalegn discussed during the meeting, including 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.  

The Egyptian government is committed to constructive communication with Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian dam has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May last year, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about its possible effects on Egypt's share of the Nile's water.

However, Ethiopian officials insisted the dam would not harm Egypt.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee to study the possible effects of the dam.

But the committee's discussions were halted last December when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support for the dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Resuming the work of the tripartite technical committee and respecting international legal principles were also among the points on which both sides had reached common ground.

Egypt has demanded that Ethiopia submit the dam's construction plans for assessment by international experts.

Ethiopian Irrigation Minister Alamayo Tegno said his country was already committed to the recommendations of an international committee of experts.

 

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
13



khaledtop
07-07-2014 03:39pm
0-
0+
ok
many countries built dams and dont have any problem with their neighbours ( turky build many dams naear IRAQ and syria) china build many dams near india) brasil build big dams near south americain countries.......in europe many countries built dams as well. if egypt want shear with poeple dams , why she doesnt shear swez canal with countries on the red sea? egypt has economic problem and receiving aid and donation from saoudia and gulf countrie to feed its poepl its a shame when egypt go for other countries to ask for not i think the dam will giv enough energy for all the neighbour countries. its better for egypt to buye electric energy with discount. .egypt is selling gaz to israel and jordan with discount
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
12



Haileselassie
01-07-2014 01:07pm
0-
0+
Come to the win-win solution
Every Ethiopian knows Nile is the life of Egyptians as well as its a key to the development of Ethiopia. if the to countries collaborates each other Nile is more than enough to both. so, instead of trying to attack each other let them come to the win-win solution.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
11



Fidel
29-06-2014 02:40am
8-
1+
Do not be fooled
Talk about what? Nile is Egypt"s life line and Ethiopian government is a sold out mercenary group.For this reason it is wasting time and falling to the Ethiopian trap that has an evil intentions of choking Egypt.Egypt must not entertain her death journey believing that Ethiopian government will abide by international norms or laws.It is documented that this mercenary group signed non-binding border ruling with Eritrea in 2001 and refused to implement it.The reason was Washington did not gave him the ok signal.It is a sold out western allied brutal grup. Mr Sisi please be serious and stop the dam construction A.S.A.P.Eritreans,Somalis,Oromos and Sudanese with the great help of the great nation of Egypt can get rid of the Ethiopian rulig junta who is hated by most Ethiopians and people of horn.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Jonny D
29-06-2014 09:45pm
0-
0+
What?
Go get rid of Esayas Afeworki first then we will talk about Ethiopia.
10



Dantef
28-06-2014 11:27pm
0-
0+
Egyptians knows the dam will not harm them!?
Egyptian had a better knowldge of water ,dam ,water in and out but they are ignorant to accept it.But this is 21century,Globalization, cooperation modern use of knowldge,equitable use of resourse,win win solution to the problems,open minded leadership,truthful solution,Quran ,Bible thought esteem in need ,fair playing must be the fact.They should hear,seen facts.They know but can't hear and seen facts.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
9



Tsegaye
28-06-2014 02:54pm
0-
0+
impossibility is defeated
the Nile sufficient for all of as if we share logically, not as gift for one and curse for other. In my opinion it is necessary for both nations to put things on the table, whatever it may be, and seek for solution. The dam that is under construction never harm any country but the gains are more than expected. However being Ethiopia want the dam for power generation and not for irrigation no water loss in general so, how could water share be overwhelmed. Because the country who, in whatever case it may be, is the source of water and at the same time the river eradicated the fertile soil of the country for centuries. Take a chair think twice things are changing.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
8



Tsegaye
28-06-2014 02:54pm
0-
0+
impossibility is defeated
the Nile sufficient for all of as if we share logically, not as gift for one and curse for other. In my opinion it is necessary for both nations to put things on the table, whatever it may be, and seek for solution. The dam that is under construction never harm any country but the gains are more than expected. However being Ethiopia want the dam for power generation and not for irrigation no water loss in general so, how could water share be overwhelmed. Because the country who, in whatever case it may be, is the source of water and at the same time the river eradicated the fertile soil of the country for centuries. Take a chair think twice things are changing.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
7



tilahun.tesfaye
28-06-2014 02:23pm
0-
1+
abay river dam
etiopian great renasense dam is very use full for etiopians and thir negbour.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Abraham
30-06-2014 06:21pm
0-
1+
Meles Vision is killed by H/Mariam
Meles was admant that Ethiopia use of the Nile water was not for negotiation. His vision was to build a country that will use the river to produce electric power and use the water to irrigate the land to produce food to feed the poor people. H/Mariam with his Colleagues agree with the Egyptian leader to allow egypt have full control over the dam, and even reduce the amout water the dam can store. The big victory for Egypt is that Ethiopia will accept the colonial treaties to settle for.
6



Tadelle
28-06-2014 08:11am
5-
3+
Desalegn
we'll never stop to do aur job no one can try to stop us , us we need develop our country so why we sould stop !!! How can Egypt can say anything! We must do the things which belong to us Abaye Is our river so Egyptian people thy can't involve for things which for them !!!
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
jenn
01-07-2014 06:49pm
1-
1+
you have other rivers
Use one of them. Stop destroying Egypt's ONLY source of water.
5



Ras Mitat
27-06-2014 09:31pm
0-
10+
We have a winner...
It took two revolutions for Egypt to find a leader who understands the difference between hydroelectric dam, versus irrigation dam.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
4



Gennet
27-06-2014 08:26pm
0-
16+
Good start
This is how Civilised people solve problems they face, not by waging war by proxy, threats, sabotage or the entire trick Egypt has been employing so far. I really hope this is a genuine change of heart from our Egyptian brothers and ushers in a new era of cooperation and mutual growth. Ethiopia will always be glad to work with our Egyptian brothers as long as you understand our deep need and determination to grow out of the squalid poverty we find ourselves.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.