Sudanese Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas said, Thursday that his country has suspended negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD for further internal consultations.
The Egyptian letter voiced Egypt’s refusal to an Ethiopian proposal concerning the points of contentions, asking for reaching a fair and comprehensive legally binding agreement between the three countries.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Irrigation has confirmed its commitment to the success of the Renaissance Dam negotiations for the benefit of all parties.
Both the Sudanese and the Egyptian Ministries of Irrigation said Tuesday that the tripartite negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) are suspended to discuss the Ethiopian offer.
That was in the ministerial meeting held Monday to regulate the resumption of negotiations on the operation and reservoir's filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
In July, Ethiopia held around 4 billion cubic meters in the reservoir.
In addition to the representatives of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, the meetings will be attended by U.S. and EU observers as well as AU experts.
Egypt has expressed solidarity with Sudan after Bout Dam collapsed in the southeast of the country, destroying hundreds of homes.
The Egyptian media should not mention a military action as an option in the issue of the Renaissance Dam (GERD), President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Tuesday.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations resumed, Monday as part of the African Union-sponsored talks, with the participation of Water and irrigation Minsters of the countries of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
Sudan called for the necessity of reaching a fair and binding agreement on the outstanding issues without taking any unilateral actions by any party.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohammed Sebaei said Saturday that the first filling of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) does not harm Egypt’s share of the Nile Waters.
The Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi received Saturday a phone call from his African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss the latest developments in the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the Libyan crisis, said the Presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady.
Water flows in the Blue Nile carries 136 million tons of silt, saying that this amount of silt is enough to fill the Renaissance Dam’s in 50 years.
The African Union called, Friday on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to urgently finalize a binding agreement on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam, with the support of African Union experts and observers.
On Wednesday, Hamdouk ordered to form a committee under his chairmanship to follow the file of the GERD.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly ordered the concerned ministries to install water-saving tap devices in all housing units.
Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, had justified the start of filling the Renaissance Dam due to the heavy rainfall season.
The footages prove Ethiopia is not serious about GERD negotiations.
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia agreed on continuing negotiations regarding Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD to overcome ‘points of contention’ according to Sudanese Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas, Tuesday.