Egyptian President to meet Ethiopian PM over dam dispute

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said that he will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Russian capital of Moscow over the issue of the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) built on the Nile River.

Al-Sisi’s remarks came during an intellectual seminar organized by the Egyptian army.

The Egyptian president did not mention the date of the meeting. However, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported that the meeting will be held later this month.

He noted that Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have not reached an agreement on the rules of the filling and operation of the dam, but said dialogue can solve differences.

The leaders agreed that an agreement should be reached that fulfills the hopes and aspirations of the peoples of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia within the framework of the Declaration of Principles signed by the three countries in 2015.

On Oct. 5, Egypt said a round of negotiations on the GERD between Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian ministers of irrigation in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum had reached “a dead end.”

In 2011, Ethiopia started building the dam, which is expected to produce more than 6,000 megawatts of electricity and become the largest hydropower dam in Africa upon completion.

Ethiopia hoped to fill the dam’s reservoir, whose total capacity is 74 billion cubic meters, in five to six years, while Egypt has been seeking to prolong the period to avoid the negative effects of water shortag