CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head to Ethiopia Thursday following the tripartite talks which in Khartoum last week on the Ethiopian Renaissance dam, the ministry stated Wednesday.
“The Egyptian Minister will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dsalin to whom he will deliver a message from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on bilateral cooperation and the issue of Nile water,” the statement read. Both officials will set a fixed time for holding an international experts committee to conduct studies on the Ethiopian dam as it was recommended by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, it added.
The three countries recommended the formation of a committee of experts, including four members from each country, to frame the procedural rules of conducting new studies concerning water resources and hydroelectric systems, besides studies evaluating the eco-social and economic effects of the dam, in a joint statement Aug. 26.
Ethiopia’s construction of the Renaissance Dam has been a contentious issue between the two countries, and was a political albatross during the tenure of former President Mohamed Morsi. The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party posted a video in June 2013 of Morsi delivering a speech at the Popular Conference on Egypt’s Rights to Nile Water, saying that if Egypt’s share of Nile water decreases, “Egyptians’ blood would be the alternative.”