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Egypt's FM to travel Ethiopia before Renaissance dam talks

Egypt's foreign minister is keen to visit Ethiopia before tripartite committee talks

Ahram Online, Saturday 23 Aug 2014
Sameh Shoukry
Egypt's newly appointed Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt’s Foreign Affairs minister, Sameh Shoukry, has called his Ethiopian counterpart, Tedros Adhanom, late Friday in light of the upcoming discussions of the tripartite committee that will take place 26 August in Sudan's main capital, state news agency MENA reported.

During the phone call, Shoukry stressed the importance of positive talks that will lead to solutions that suit all parties.

Meanwhile, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson, Badr Abdel-Aty, told MENA that Shoukry is keen to visit Ethiopia before the tripartite committee talks to discuss bilateral relations and renaissance dam issues.

The committee 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 LE29.4 billion ($4.2 billion) hydroelectric 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 questioned this.

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 had also been initially planned for Cairo, but have moved to Khartoum.

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ali
24-08-2014 08:29pm
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Better late than never
There are sings that the Egyptian government is trying to prepare the misinformed and narrow minded sector of their population for the inevitable reality of GERD. They should have done this much. Instead of manipulation, misinformation and alarming the Egyptian public, they should have tried to settle the public's anxiety, by telling the truth about GERD. Now, better late than never, they should tell the public that this dam will not affect the volume of water downstream, will not cause conflict or war with Ethiopia and will actually benefit them. As the volume of water stored dose not cause a permanent effect on the water flowing downstream, they should stop arguments about the size of the dam and volume of the water stored. The serious negations on the filling time of the dam and future irrigation projects on the Blue Nile tributaries will have to be negotiated in good fate. the two countris can benefit mutually, by working together for regional peace and economic development.
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yohannes
24-08-2014 03:28pm
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Good solution is better than conflict
Egypt and Ethiopia have realtionship starting thausands of years ago. Some times good friends and some times bitter enemies. Egyptians never belive ethiopians for this reason they have created a lot of problem in this region including ethenic and religious contradiction. Actually the time is changed , all of us we are matured to resolve problems in good manner. Egiptians will benefit as well as ethiopians if there is good understanding between the two government for tge benefit of tge people of egypt and ethiopia, and I am sure all of them they eill get proper benefit and good profit. I belive on the good will of the ethiopian and egyptian leaders. Find a solution the people will follow you. Ethiopians have no entention to hurm egyptian brothers understanding,
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