Dam on the Nile river : no breakthrough in the latest talks

Barrage sur le Nil : pas de percée lors des derniers pourparlers

ADDIS ABABA | The last negotiations this week in Washington about the huge dam that Ethiopia built on the blue Nile have not been able to reach an overall agreement with Egypt and the Sudan, said Friday that several leaders of the ethiopian.

The parties met for two days of new talks facilitated by the u.s. Treasury, which is involved in the folder after the egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a call to Donald Trump.

Ethiopia considers that the Large dam ethiopian renaissance (Gerd), called to become the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa, is essential for its economic development, but Egypt is concerned about its impact on the flow of the river, which provides 97 % of its water needs.

The ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States, Fitsum Arega, said Friday on his Twitter account that this week’s discussions “had been concluded without a final agreement”.

The minister ethiopian Water, Seleshi Bekele, for his part, explained on his own account that progress had been made, but that “more work” was needed to reach an agreement by the deadline set by the state at the end of the month.

This lack of a breakthrough comes as the us secretary of State Mike Pompeo is going to Ethiopia from Monday evening for the third and final stage of an african tour.

On Thursday, the us Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin recalled in a statement the commitment of the United States “to facilitate the preparation of the final agreement which will be submitted for the conclusion to the ministers and head of State by the end of the month”.

Fana BC, a media affiliated to the regime in place in Addis Ababa, said on Friday that the latest discussions have focused on sticking points such as the speed of filling of the dam’s reservoir, which will hold 74 billion m3 of water.

Egypt fears a drastic reduction in the flow of the Nile in case of filling up too fast from the tank by Ethiopia.

The blue Nile originates in Ethiopia, joins the white Nile at Khartoum to form the Nile, which then passes through Egypt and empties into the Mediterranean.

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