CAIRO: Egypt’s agreement on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam would depend on the results that will be released by an international consultant company, according to Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazy Wednesday.
The consultant company was hired to evaluate the effects of the dam on the downstream countries, Egypt and Sudan, Moghazy said and that Ethiopia agreed that the results should be obligatory for all parties.
The minister’s statement was issued after the concluding meeting with Ethiopian and Sudanese Ministers of Water Resources, Alamayo Nugnu and Moataz Moussa respectively, in Khartom where the tripartite talks between the three countries resumed.
They issued a joint statement Tuesday over the outcomes of the two-day talks, agreeing that an international consultancy company or companies should be hired. It would conduct studies concerning the water resources and hydroelectric systems, besides studies evaluating eco-social and economic effects by the dam, they agreed.
Moghazy said the consultant company will be chosen within the next two weeks to conduct the studies in a period of six months as was mentioned in the joint statement, Youm7 reported.
Construction of the Renaissance Dam sparked controversy between Ethiopia and Egypt when it began during ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s regime. He had said in a speech at the Popular Conference on Egypt’s Rights to Nile Water in June 2013 that if Egypt’s share of the Nile water decreases, “Egyptians’ blood will be the alternative,” widely reported on media and available on YouTube.