Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia sign deal on Nile dam
(CCTV, December 30, 2015)- Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia signed a deal Tuesday on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) following three days of meetings in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
Attempts to reach consensus on the deal have been taking place throughout the past year via dialogue among the concerned parties.
In September 2014, local expert committees from Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia recommended conducting two more studies on the GERD. The first proposed test was on the dam’s impact on Egypt and Sudan’s water shares, and the second on the anticipated environmental, economic and social impact on both Sudan and Egypt.
Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom, reiterated his country’s commitment to work with both Sudan and Egypt, stressing the importance of a strategic partnership between the three countries.
Dr. Tedros also said, the construction of the dam will not be stopped even for a minute.
“The deal is the culmination of the Declaration of Principles signed by the three countries’ leaders last March,” said Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour during a press conference Tuesday.
Ghandour described the deal as “historic,” reaffirming the three countries’ shared readiness to refine dialogue, develop confidence and enhance strategic partnerships with secure ties and shared interests.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, expressed his satisfaction with the deal, saying “it reflects the three countries’ shared willingness to overcome all barriers.”
“During three days of dialogue, the importance of enhancing confidence and reaching common interests on equitable opportunities was highlighted. We have arrived at a good deal,” he added.
Egypt and Sudan Foreign ministers accepted Ethiopia’s invitation to visit the dam.