Egypt asks for resumption of tripartite talks

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Addis Ababa, 16 July 2014 (WIC) - Egypt has requested for the resumption of the tripartite talks with Ethiopia and Sudan on the use of the Nile waters, the Ethiopian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has disclosed.

While briefing journalists on Tuesday on current affairs, MoFA spokesman, Ambassador Dina Mufti said Egypt has officially asked for the resumption of the tripartite talks.

The talks will resume compliant with the 7 points agreed between Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi recently in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, he added.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Dina said, Ethiopians all over the world have maintained their support and contribution for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Only recently, he said, Ethiopians in Dubai purchased government saving bonds worth $1.4 million in a fund raising event which also attracted nationals of Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan.

“This shows the significance of GERD for the neighboring nations as well,” ERTA quoted the spokesperson as saying.