CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti met Tuesday with his Sudanese counterpart Moataz Moussa to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Youm7 reported.
The closed meeting was attended by Egyptian and Sudanese delegations in Khartoum to tackle technical issues concerning the impact of the dam construction on downstream countries on the Nile.
The technical discussions have halted since February when a tripartite committee, tasked to discuss GERD issues, announced reaching a unanimous agreement on the proposal submitted by the two French consultancy firms on GERD’s potential impact on Sudan and Egypt.
It is scheduled that the minister and his accompanied delegation will then head to Addis Ababa to attend the Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit(ACRIS II) due to be held April 20-21.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said in a televised interview with an Ethiopian channel that all Egyptian reservations about the dam constructions have ended.
Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.
The three countries formed a tripartite committee to resume the talks on the dam; the leaders of the three countries signed the Declaration of the Renaissance Dam Principles Charter on May 2015, to guarantee water shares of each state.
The $4 billion dam is being constructed on the Blue Nile with a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, and is expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power.