Egypt rejects Ethiopian and Sudanese statements on GERD talks’ failure

An Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman has rejected comments by Ethiopian and Sudanese officials that he said blamed Egypt for the failure of a recent round of tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
“Egypt participated in the Khartoum talks with positive intentions and a firm desire to reach an agreement that implements the directives of the leaders of the three countries, aiming to reach solutions to break the current stalemate in the technical negotiations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam,” the Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said on Thursday.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam construction (Photo: Reuters)

Abu Zeid added that all Egyptian stances during the technical and political meetings on the GERD cannot be doubted, affirming that Egypt had showed flexibility in the talks, with the aim of reaching a consensus that serves the interests of all three countries.

The spokesman pointed to Egypt’s proposal to involve the World Bank in the stalled technical negotiations over the dam as proof of its goodwill in negations.

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Abu Zeid said that Shoukry delivered a message on Wednesday to his Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts, calling for a second meeting in Cairo to resume discussions.

“This move affirms Egypt’s keenness to reach an agreement to resume the technical track, and that Egypt cannot be a hindrance to reach this consensus as was circulated in the media,” he said.

The talks, which took place last week in Khartoum, were the latest in a series of negotiations aimed at resolving an impasse in negotiations over studies conducted to determine the impact of the dam on the downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan.

The talks involved the foreign and irrigation ministers and the intelligence chiefs of each country.

Speaking last Friday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry announced that the talks had not yielded “significant results.”

On Thursday, Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Meles Alem told reporters that Egypt requested Ethiopia recognise a 1959 treaty between Sudan and Egypt on sharing the waters of the Nile, a request he described as a “red line” for Ethiopia, as the agreement was signed without Ethiopia’s presence.

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“There was a lack of goodwill on Egypt’s part to move the consultations forward,” Alem said, adding that the three water ministers nevertheless plan to meet again “soon.”

According to the 1959 agreement, Egypt is entitled to 55.5 billion cubic metres of Nile water per year, while Sudan is entitled to 18 billion cubic metres. Ethiopia and other Nile Basin countries were not parties to the agreement.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has earlier said that the talks had failed to achieve any significant results, adding that the ministries of irrigation in the three countries will hold further meetings to look into the technical disagreements.

The Ethiopian government began construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile near the border with Sudan in 2011, as part of a development plan aimed at eradicating poverty and generating electricity.

Over the past seven years, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have held several rounds of talks on the dam’s anticipated impact on Nile water resources.

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Egypt has expressed concern the dam could adversely affect its share of Nile water.


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  1. The 1959 agreement, entitling Egypt 55.5 billion cubic meters of Nile water per year and Sudan 18 billion cubic meter per year, SHOULD REMAIN IN PLACE. Both Egypt and Sudan should not compromise on their of share of Nile water. This should be the RED LINE for Egypt and Sudan for any future negotiation with Ethiopia.
    The current terrorist/mafia and criminal government of Ethiopia started to build the Renaissance DAM in 2011 in 100% secret without consulting Egypt and Sudan. The Ethiopian government chose 2011 to build the DAMN DAM because leaders of middle east countries including Egypt were distracted and overwhelmed by ARAB SPRING which involved mass protest of people of middle east countries demanding freedom, democracy and justice. Since the DAMN DAM was built in secret w/o involving Egypt and Sudan, it is illegal and shouldn’t be allowed to be completed. If the tyrannical/mafia TPLF/EPRDF decides to finish the DAM, Egypt military with its number one air force in middle east and Africa SHOULD BE READY TO BOMB TO ASSES THE DAMN DAM IF EGYPT LOSES EVEN A DROP OF WATER FROM ITS ENTILLED 55.5 BILLION CUBIC. PERIOD.
    In addition, patriotic and warrior Ethiopians all over the world should be on the side of Egypt and Sudan, since the plan of the criminal TPLF/EPRDF is sell the electric power generated by the DAM to neighboring countries and use the money to enrich the members of TPLF/EPRDF and their friends and to buy more guns to kill, build more jails, rape and torture innocent Ethiopians. A very minuscule, perhaps 5-10% of the electricity generated from the dam will be used to bring electricity to the 60 million Ethiopians without electricity leaving over 55 million Ethiopians without electricity.
    Prime minister Abiy Ahmed talked about his support for pan Africanism. TALK IS CHEAP BUT ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS. BUILDING THE DAMN DAM IN SCREAT WITHOUT CONSULTING EGYPT AND SUDAN IS PUTTING OUR AFRICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN EPYPT AND SUDAN UNDER THE BUS AND RUNNING THEM OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN. THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE ANTI-PAN AMERICAN NATURE OF TPLF/EPRDF. The actions of TPLF/EPRDF over the last 27 years has being anti pan Africanism. In fact, TPLF/EPRDF is the most anti Pan-Africanist government that ever existed in Ethiopian history. The Derg and Haile Selassie regime are 100x better than TPLF/EPRDF with respect of support for pan Africanism.

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