Ethiopian dam talks to resume Oct 5
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - AFP

CAIRO: The Tripartite National Committee (TNC) will convene Oct. 5 to discuss the issue of a consultation firm to evaluate the impact of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD,) MENA reported presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef as saying.

After Dutch firm Deltares withdrew from a bid to conduct GERD studies, the Egyptian government requested an urgent meeting of the TNC, formed of Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian representatives, but Ethiopia refused due to an ongoing formation of a new government in Addis Ababa.

On Sunday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, where Sisi urged the swift implementation of the Declaration of Principles signed in March, according to a presidential statement.

During the meeting, Desalegn affirmed that GERD “is a symbol of cooperation among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia,” and that the main goal of the dam “is combating poverty and realizing development and prosperity,” the statement said.

The withdrawal of Deltares has triggered Egyptian concerns that Ethiopia has intentionally prolonged talks to turn the dam into a fait accompli.

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