Egypt is hosting another round of talks with Ethiopia and Sudan on a disagreed dam constructed by Ethiopia on the Nile, as part of an agreement reached in Washington in November. The agreement was reached in Washington last month to break the tie in their long-standing row over the river’s critical water supply
Ethiopia began building the 4.8-billion-dollar hydroelectric Grand Renaissance Dam in 2010, seeking to be Africa’s biggest power exporter.
Egypt depends almost exclusively on the Nile for farming, industry and domestic water use and fears that the dam will harm its supply. Ethiopia calls Egypt’s worries unsubstantiated.
The Cairo-hosted talks are the second of four rounds agreed in Washington in November, during negotiations attended by the Foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, as well as representatives of the U.S. government and the World Bank. The third meeting in Khartoum is set to be decided following the conclusion of Monday and Tuesday’s meetings. A fourth meeting will then be scheduled in January in Addis Ababa, before a meeting of the foreign and water ministers of the three countries in Washington in mid-January 2020.
The period for filing the reservoir has been a major concern for Cairo. The Egyptian government wants the process to be carried out gradually over the course of seven years. Read Here