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Egyptian GERD negotiation team discuss concerns with observers and experts

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Jul 2020
a general view of the construction works at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on December 26, 2019 AFP
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Egypt’s team of irrigation experts who are taking part in the bilateral talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance held an online meeting on Sunday with the talks’ observers and experts to explain the Egyptian position and Egypt’s concerns concerning the filling and operations of the mega-dam, the irrigation ministry said.
According to the ministry’s statement, the team, headed by Egypt’s Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Atti, asserted that Egypt did not oppose any development projects in the Nile Basin countries, including in Ethiopia, but rather it supports the efforts of its sister countries to achieve what their people aim to.
The Egyptians explained to the experts and observers the water situation in Egypt and how sensitive the GERD issue is for the Egyptian people. They also asserted Egypt’s aims to reach a balanced and fair agreement to serve the interests of the three countries.
They also discussed the Egyptian proposal in the talks which enables Ethiopia to achieve its goal in generating electricity without harming Egyptian and Sudanese interests in the framework of the Declaration of Principles, as well as the ways to deal with any future project on the Blue Nile in a way that is compliant with international laws.
The observers presented a number of questions at the meeting which were answered by the Egyptian team.
Talks have resumed between the three countries under the auspices of the African Union and with the attendance of 11 observers.
The observers including representatives from the EU, the US, the AU, as well as legal and technical experts.
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