Khartoum to host new round of Nile dam talks on Saturday

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Addis Ababa, 2 January 2014 (WIC) - The Sudanese capital Khartoum will host a new round of tripartite talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on Saturday to discuss issues related to Ethiopia’s new Nile dam, Egypt's state-run news agency MENA reported Wednesday.
The talks -which will include ministers of electricity, irrigation and water resources, as well as technical experts - represent the third round of negotiations between the three states in an attempt to reach a settlement over Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance dam project on the Blue Nile.
MENA stated that the three Nile Basin countries will issue a statement following the conclusion of the two-day talks.
The last negotiating round on 8 December led to the establishment of a tripartite committee to supervise the construction of the dam in a manner that guarantees the water interests of the involved parties to the crisis.
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support for the dam, currently under construction in Ethiopia, during a meeting with the country's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn last month.
The pair signed 14 new agreements, covering security, a free trade zone, investment and electricity, and an agreement to build a railway line linking the two countries to enhance trade and economic relations. (

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