Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

12 Juin, 2018, 02:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Egyptian authorities released 32 Ethiopian prisoners on Monday during the visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Cairo, Egyptian and Ethiopian news websites reported.

In statements to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Made said that Ahmed will meet the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as the two leaders will hold joint talks to discuss some bilateral issues of common interest.

The GERD will be Africa's largest dam upon completion with a total volume of 74 billion cubic meters and a construction cost of about 4.7 billion USA dollars. The construction of the dam is now being built on the main tributary to Nile River of Egypt without harming any party.

"We believe that we should benefit from this river, the Nile, but when we benefit we should not do harm to the Egyptian people", Ahmed said.

Ethiopia hopes that the Grand Renaissance Dam, now under construction near the Ethiopia-Sudan border can transform it into a key energy hub in Africa.

Egypt fears too much of the Nile's waters could be retained each year, affecting its agriculture, while Ethiopia views the dam as crucial to its national development.

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

Ethiopia's ambassador to Sudan, Mawtada Zoudi, said earlier this month that the construction of the GERD has passed 65% completion. The Nile River flows through Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, but the largest share of the river runs through Egyptian territory.

Egypt has lately been concerned about the effect that an Ethiopian dam being built on the Nile river would have on water flowing to its fields downstream.

The two sides agreed to take steps to put into effect an agreement - which also includes Sudan - to set up a fund for investing in infrastructure in the three countries.

Past Egyptian leaders have threatened military action if there was any attempt to dam the Nile.

Egypt's ties with Ethiopia have seen ups and downs since the latter started the dam project in April 2011 while Egypt was suffering turmoil following an uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

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