CAIRO: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to another meeting to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Cairo from Oct. 16-17 instead of Oct. 20-21, announced Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazy in a Thursday statement.
“The new date was set to be suitable for the agendas of the three ministers who will attend the meetings in Cairo,” Moghazy said.
Moghazy previously said in a press conference on Sept. 24 that Cairo would host the second round of talks on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 to choose a consultancy company to discuss the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Ethiopian and Sudanese Ministers of Irrigation Alamayo Nugnu and Moataz Moussa will also attend the tripartite meetings, Moghazy said Tuesday.
The first round of talks was conducted in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sept. 20. The three states agreed in a joint statement in August to assign a neutral consultant company to study hydroelectric systems and the environmental and economic impact of the dam on downstream countries like Egypt and Sudan.
The construction of the dam originally strained relations between Addis Ababa and Cairo. Egypt said the construction would affect its share of Nile water, whereas Ethiopia has claimed the dam is necessary for its development. In a move seen as a thaw in relations, both states agreed to the tripartite talks that started in August and were hosted by Sudan.