GERD tripartite committee to meet soon in Cairo
Addis Ababa, 2 June 2014 (WIC) - Egypt's irrigation minister has invited his Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts for a meeting over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project, state-run news agency MENA reported.
A tripartite committee is to meet soon in Cairo to resume negotiations over Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, state news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced last week after their meeting in Equatorial Guinea's capital of Malabo that the committee will resume work after it was halted last December.
Egypt's Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazy met on Tuesday with his Sudanese counterpart Moataz Moussa in Khartoum.
Moghazy said that he had invited Moussa and Ethiopian Energy, Water and Irrigation Minister Alemayehu Tegenu for more talks in Egypt over the issue.
The planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a $4.2 billion hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, one of the main tributaries of the Nile.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee to study the effects of the dam and try to generate consensus. Ethiopia maintains that Egypt's water share will not be negatively affected by the successful completion of the project. (ahram.org)
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