Egypt resumes negotiations on Renaissance Dam, despite Ethiopian obstinacy

Egypt resumes negotiations on Renaissance Dam, despite Ethiopian obstinacy
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River in Guba, north-west Ethiopia. (AFP)
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Updated 04 November 2020

Egypt resumes negotiations on Renaissance Dam, despite Ethiopian obstinacy

Egypt resumes negotiations on Renaissance Dam, despite Ethiopian obstinacy
  • Negotiations had resumed under the auspices of the AU after they were paused in August

CAIRO: Despite continued Ethiopian intransigence, Egypt resumed negotiations on the filling and operating of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Wednesday.

“The three countries agreed that each would present its views during the meeting of the Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian irrigation ministers, scheduled to be held Nov. 4, 2020,” spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said.

On Nov. 2, Sudan demanded the necessity of abandoning the previous “unproductive” method in the negotiation process on the Renaissance Dam between itself, Egypt and Ethiopia, with the aim of speeding up the process of reaching an agreement.

The Sudanese negotiating team suggested moving forward with negotiations according to a specific timetable and a clear list of outputs to be submitted to the African Union (AU) Commission.

Negotiations had resumed under the auspices of the AU after they were paused in August, and after statements from US President Donald Trump, who claimed Egypt might blow up the dam.