CAIRO: The foreign and irrigations ministries met Saturday to discuss the upcoming Renaissance Dam tripartite meeting, the foreign ministry spokesperson Abdullah Abu Zeid stated.
The spokesperson noted that the next tripartite meeting is “particularly important,” as it follows meetings held in New York City between President Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in which the two agreed on the importance of expediting technical studies of the proposed dam.
Egypt will host the next round of the tripartite talks with Ethiopia and Sudan to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Oct. 20 and 21.
Irrigation Minister Hossam Moughazy visited the dam in September; it was the first visit by an Egyptian official since the start of construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in 2011.
Cairo has said the construction of the dam would affect its share of Nile water, whereas Ethiopia has said the dam is critical to their development. Relations between the two nations chilled during the Morsi administration, however, relations began mending after tripartite talks started in August between both countries along with Sudan, where the talks were hosted.