Tripartite talks on GERD begin in Khartoum

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Addis Ababa, 25 August 2014 (WIC) - The opening session of talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan began in Khartoum on Monday morning.

Ethiopian Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister, Alamayehu Tegenu, arrived in Sudan along with his Egyptian counterpart for the tripartite talks.

Egypt’s Irrigation Minister, Hossam El-Moghazi, has previously said that Egypt has a new "vision" regarding the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam.

Meanwhile, Sudanese Irrigation Minister Moataz Moussa stressed on Monday that Sudan was an essential partner in the discussions and not a mediator.

The second session is scheduled to take place later in the day to discuss technical issues.

Ethiopia maintains that Egypt's water share will not be negatively affected by the successful completion of the project, set to be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.

The talks are expected to develop seven main points that Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn previously discussed during a meeting in late June - among them fostering dialogue and cooperation between the two countries as well as regional projects to meet the growing demand for water. (ERTA)