CAIRO: Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazi invited the water ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to meet soon in Cairo to discuss the Renaissance Dam, he announced in a Tuesday statement during his two-day visit to Sudan.
Moghazi arrived in Khartoum Tuesday to discuss use of the Nile River, as well as to boost bilateral relations between the two countries in the field of water resources.
Moghazi invited his Ethiopian and Sudanese counterpart to meet in Cairo for negotiations on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, following a joint statement issued during the Egyptian-Ethiopian Summit, held on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Malabo, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity Moataz Moussa welcomed Egypt’s invitation and expressed his intention “to bring closer views of the three Nile Basin countries as well as to boost cooperation and coordination through joint projects between the countries,” according to a Tuesday statement issued by Moussa, following his joint meeting with Moghazi in Khartoum.
During the visit, Moghazi said that he would explain the suggestions that could change Egypt’s stance toward the Nile Basin initiative. In 2010, Egypt and Sudan withdrew from the Nile Basin Initiative when Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania signed a new Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement; Egypt said the new agreement would increase the share of Nile water for these countries at the expense of Egypt and Sudan’ water share.
The contruction of the Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile has chilled relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa; Egypt says the dam will cause an unacceptable loss of river water, and Ethiopia counters that power generated by the dam is essential for its development.
Ethiopia began construction on the dam two months after former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in 2011.