CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi flew Monday to Khartoum to sign an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam with the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
The new agreement stipulates that Egypt would participate with Ethiopia in the management of the dam with written guarantees, that anonymous Egyptian officials told Youm7 Sunday would protect Egypt’s share of Nile waters; they added that Ethiopia agreed on Egypt’s participation as long as it does not affect the Ethiopian sovereignty in the dam’s management.
The construction of dam has been a high priority issue for Egypt’s government, which has raised concerns it would negatively affect its water supply . Ethiopia has claimed the dam is necessary for its development, both states agreed to tripartite talks that started in August 2014 and were hosted by Sudan.
On March 6 during tripartite Khartoum talks, water and irrigation ministers of three countries reached a preliminary agreement on the operation of the dam.
Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazy stated in August 2014 that Sisi was seeking with the Ethiopian side to carry out a project to obtain 12 billion cubic meters of water for both Egypt and Sudan.
After signing the agreement, Sisi is scheduled to head to Addis Ababa for a 2-day visit, where he will meet Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome , the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and Ethiopian-Egyptian Business Council members.
Additional Reporting by Yossif Ayoub and Asmaa Nassar