South Sudan Minister of Irrigation Manawa Peter lauded Tuesday in a TV interview the Supreme Joint Egyptian-South Sudanese Committee formed following President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's visit to Juba in November.
Such pretext aimed at playing down the fears of Egypt and justifying denying it its water rights is alarming.
Ethiopia eyes building three other dams, which along with the GERD are estimated to hold back 200 billion cubic meters of Blue Nile water.
He said the River Nile is a lifeline for the Egyptian people and a key factor of Egypt's national security.
A Sudanese delegation arrived in Cairo Thursday to pay a one-day state visit.
The meeting is the first after talks have been suspended for a month.
President Sisi re-affirmed the fundamentals of the Egyptian stance mandating the crystallization of a legal binding agreement.
An Ethiopian delegation arrived in Khartoum Tuesday.
The Egyptian Embassy in Beijing organized on Monday a virtual meeting.
Hamdok asserted that it must not be operated until an agreement is reached.
Egypt ministers attended the celebration.
Trump's statements came in a phone call with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in the presence of press.
The plant aims to produce electrical power with a capacity of 2,115 megawatts and is being implemented at a cost of $2.9 billion.
Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources spokesperson, Mohamed El Sebaie said Sunday that the Ethiopian GERD negotiations are entering their last phases.
The Egyptian ministers of Foreign affairs and Irrigation participated Sunday in a tripartite meeting than included Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia to resume the negotiations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly had a fruitful visit Saturday to Sudan accompanied by a ministerial delegation.
A session of talks will be held shortly grouping the delegations of the two countries.
Egypt has expressed solidarity with Sudan after Bout Dam collapsed in the southeast of the country, destroying hundreds of homes.
The prime minister's statements came despite thenegotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan that are still underwayto reach a final agreement that ensures the rights of the three countries are preserved.
Those who participate “in the destruction of the nation cannot be considered guardians of the nation,'' Abiy Ahmed said.