Egypt’s Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs Hamdi Sanad Loza has expressed Egypt’s concern with the prolonged negotiations on Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam.
Loza made his statements on Thursday at a meeting with ambassadors of European countries in Cairo to inform them about the latest developments in the negotiations.
He pointed out that Egypt submitted to Ethiopia a proposal on the operating the dam in a way that protects Egypt’s water-related interests.
Loza added that the proposal is based on Egyptian-Ethiopian talks and commitments stated in the declaration signed on 23 March 2015 in Khartoum.
Since Ethiopia started work on the project in May 2011, Egypt has expressed concern that the under-construction dam, which is on the main tributary to Egypt's Nile river, would reduce its share of water.
In 2014, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan began a series of tripartite talks on the matter, and the three countries agreed on a Declaration of Principles a year later.