Irrigation Minister: Egypt’s position unchanged on Renaissance dam
Mohamed Abdul Muttalib - YOUM7/Maher Malak
By ASMAA NASSAR and MOHAMED AWAD

ISMAILIA, EGYPT: Egypt’s position is unchanged regarding Renaissance dam construction, said Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdul Muttalib in a press statement Monday on the sidelines of his visit to Ismailia.

“Nile water is a red line,” he said, stressing that Egypt agrees to the development in Ethiopia as long as it does not pose any threat to Egypt’s Nile water share.

Muttalib’s visit to Ismailia is his first following the formation of the new government headed by Ibrahim Mahlab.

Ethiopia began construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in 2011 on the Blue Nile, which Egypt says presents an unacceptable threat to its water resources. Negotiations have taken place between the two nations for the past three years, but have failed to find a solution, and construction continues on the dam, scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Originally published in Youm7.

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