EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on Thursday welcomed the resumption of negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), and stressed the importance of reducing tensions between the three parties. Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas held two separate meetings on Monday with his counterparts, Egyptian Minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati and Ethiopian Minister Seleshi Bekele, to discuss arrangements for the resumption of negotiations on the dam. Following the meetings, all three countries’ water ministers were instructed to make arrangements for the resumption of negotiations on the GERD as soon as possible. Negotiations were suspended in February after Ethiopia refused to sign a draft agreement prepared by the United States and the World Bank. ___Image: Water flows through Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019.
Source: Egypt Independent May 29, 2020 11:03 UTC