CAIRO:The postponement came upon a request from Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom who will accompany Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in a visit to Kenya, the statement added.
The six-party meeting was scheduled to be held in Khartoum Sunday and Monday to tackle the ways to overcome the challenges facing the negotiations and activating the agreement signed by three countries’ leaders on March 6, Sudanese Water Resource Minister Moatz Moussa said in media remarks Wednesday.
A challenge was posed to the countries when Dutch firm Deltares, one of the two European companies tasked to study the dam impacts, withdrew from a bid to conduct the dam studies due to divergences of roles with the French BRL group. However, the three countries agreed to resume talks with the companies in order to reach a settlement.
Egypt has called for the six-party meeting after it asked to postpone another scheduled tripartite meeting among the water experts of the three countries to have guarantees for the downstream countries, head of Egyptian experts Alaa Yassine previously told The Cairo Post.
The construction of the 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.
In Interview with Sky News Arabia Wednesday, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir voiced his concerns over the dam construction, saying “In case that the dam was demolished, Sudan and the High Dam will drawn.”
Bashir added that the construction of the dam will shrink Egypt and his country’s share of Nile water for 5 to 12 years.
In the tripartite meeting, held Nov. 8 and 9 in Cairo, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazi said the construction of the dam goes faster than the talks on its impacts, expressing Egypt’s deep concerns.