Shoukry in Ethiopia to unblock ‘stalemate’ in dam talks

CAIRO – 23 December 2017: In a bid to break the current stalemate affecting the negotiations concerning the establishment of the Renaissance Dam, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry visits Ethiopia this week to meet with his Ethiopian counterpart.

“Egypt is only aimed at having the relationship it shares with both Ethiopia and Sudan established on mutual trust and cooperation, and therefore could serve the common interests between the three countries,” Shoukry added in his interview with Akbar al-Youm on Saturday. 

Shoukry stressed that all concerned parties must be equal on the negotiation table under international law, and that Egyptian interests must be taken seriously into consideration. 

Egypt has approved the report prepared by PRL Consulting on the guidelines that should be followed when conducting studies on the effects of the dam; however, Ethiopia and Sudan rejected the findings of the report, crippling the continuation of the studies necessary for the establishment of the dam. 

Egypt did not halt technical studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), unlike some rumors circulated by media, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty told African, Arab and foreign ambassadors in a meeting on Thursday.

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