Egypt ‘concerned’ over delayed Renaissance Dam study
The Grand Renaissance dam - REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazi announced Egypt has not received the technical studies of the Renaissance Dam as expected Sep. 5, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Moghazi expressed in press statements Saturday Egypt’s “concerns” towards the unreached agreement between the two companies assigned to make the studies, per the Declaration of Principles of the Renaissance Dam, signed between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in March 2015 in Khartoum.

“It is important that the three countries commit to the agreement; as it ensures the mutual cooperation standing on the mutual advantage with no harm for any party,” Moghazi pointed.

In August, two international consultating firms, French and Dutch, were given a deadline of Sept. 5 to submit an edited version of their technical study on the controversial Ethiopian Dam to be reviewed by experts from Cairo, Addis Ababa and Khartoum.

The tripartite committee of the three African countries, tasked with negotiating establishing the dam without jeopardizing the water share of Egypt and Sudan, had met in Addis Ababa Aug. 20-21 to discuss the delay of agreeing on the technical study presented by the consultations firms.

The controversial dam has been a source of tension between the two nations for years; Ethiopia claims the dam is necessary for its development, while Cairo claims the dam will cause an unacceptable reduction in Egypt’s share of Nile water.

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