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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Sudan, Ethiopia reiterate their pledge not to harm Egypt’s Nile water share through GERD

Sudan and Ethiopia reiterated their pledge not to harm Egypt’s Nile water share through the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), New Times reports. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday after meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy in Khartoum, Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir vowed that the dam would be beneficial for Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia. Abiy also reiterated that Ethiopia does not “have any intention to harm Sudan or Egypt.”

The statement comes as a tripartite meeting of the three countries irrigation ministers took place in Addis Ababa yesterday. Ethiopian Irrigation Minister Sileshi Bekele said that this meeting would set up a higher level conference on the dam, which will include the foreign ministers and intelligence chiefs of the three nations some time soon, Al Ahram reports.

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