Egypt and Ethiopia discuss dam in Brussels
The Grand Renaissance dam - REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom described his Wednesday meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy as “candid” in a tweet Thursday.

The two ministers met on the sidelines of the E.U.-African Summit in Brussels Wednesday, and discussed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as well as their bilateral relations, according to a statement by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty.

The Egyptian government has said that the dam on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, which is undergoing construction, represents an unacceptable risk to Egypt’s water share. Ethiopia, however, has countered that the energy which will be created by the dam is essential to the country’s development. The negotiations between the two nations have seemed to reach an impasse, although the interim government of Egypt has announced its intention to address the issue of a dam, which is viewed by many as a crisis.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry released a statement Tuesday, the first day of the E.U. summit, announcing that Minister Fahmy met his counterpart from Uganda, with whom he discussed the dam, as well as best practices to protect the Nile River.

Two months after Hosni Mubarak stepped down in 2011, Ethiopia began construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile for an estimated total cost of $4.8 billion, which many experts predict will affect Egypt’s Nile water share as the dam’s reservoir fills. 

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