Downstream Nile nations to convene in US once again
As the talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is yet to get a final resolution, the countries have agreed to meet in Washington, once again.
According to a statement issued by the U.S Treasury Department, the three countries have met in Washington DC through their respective Foreign Ministers, where they agreed to finalize their talks and resolve their differences over the GERD. It can be recalled that the World Bank and Treasury department are serving as an observer to the talks between the tree countries.
According to sources, the recent technical talks over the filling and operation of the dam, which was held in Cairo, has ended-up with no agreement, whereby Egypt is said to have insisted on its proposal being accepted.
In this regard, when it comes to the filling and operation of the dam, Egypt demanded High Aswan Dam (HAD) water level to remain at 165 meter and a minimum guaranteed flow of 40 billion cubic meters of water annually from GERD.
Following the recent meeting between the foreign ministers in Washington DC, Foreign Minister Gedu Andargcahew has met with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo in the nation’s capital.
“I have met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Andargachew today to reiterate U.S. support for Ethiopia’s historic reforms,” Pompeo twitted. “I emphasized on how important it is that the Government of Ethiopia works with all political parties to ensure a peaceful climate ahead of Ethiopia’s 2020 elections.”
According to a report from Fana Broadcasting Corporation, Gedu on his part briefed Pompeo stating “Ethiopia’s rationale behind building GERD which stood on the principles of fair and reasonable utilization of its water resources.”
In related news, speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia, Tagesse Chafo slammed the recent resolution by the Arab league over the GERD. The league said that it supported Egypt and Sudan to maintain “Their water security, legal and historic rights over the Nile River.”