Fourth round of GERD talks to be held in Addis Ababa

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Oct 2023

The third round of talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Cairo concluded on Tuesday with an agreement between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia to hold the next round of technical talks in Addis Ababa, the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said.

File Photo: Ethiopia says GERD is 90 per cent complete. AFP


According to the irrigation ministry, the discussions between the three parties aim to accelerate the finalization of an agreement regarding the rules for the filling and operation of the GERD.

Member of the Ethiopian technical team Ambassador Seleshi Bekele revealed on his social media accounts that the next round will be held in December.

He added that Ethiopia remained committed to reaching a win-win outcome based on the cardinal principle of equitable and reasonable utilization of the Nile River.

The first round of talks was held in Cairo in August, while the second was held in Addis Ababa in September.

The Egyptian government said the first two rounds showed no change in the Ethiopian stance.

Egypt seeks a legally binding agreement governing the filling and operating of the dam that ensures its water security and the interests of Ethiopia and Sudan.

The recently revived talks are the first since negotiations sponsored by the African Union collapsed in April 2021.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had agreed during a meeting in Egypt in mid-July to restart GERD talks and resolve the dispute within four months.

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