Egypt Finalizes Renaissance Dam Agreement, Sets Conditions

  • The committee’s meeting dealt with the points that will be addressed by technical and legal meetings that will precede the upcoming Washington meeting.
  • The Ministry denied reports that there was a lot of pressure on Egypt to give up some of its demands.
  • Earlier, Egypt criticized what he described as Ethiopia's intransigence in the negotiations and its adoption of excessive stances in it.

Egypt has identified the basic points and conditions that must be included in the final agreement for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is to be reached in the Washington meetings on January 28 and 29. Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly chaired the Supreme Committee for the Nile Water Saturday, to review the results of the Washington meeting on the Renaissance Dam. He valued the constructive and positive role played by the administration of the US President, Donald Trump, in facilitating negotiations and converging views between the three countries.

Moustafa Madbouly is the 54th and current Prime Minister of Egypt. He was appointed by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to succeed Sherif Ismail following his government’s resignation in the wake of Sisi’s re-election.

Counselor Nader Saad, the official spokesman for the Council of Ministers, stated that the committee’s meeting dealt with the points that will be addressed by technical and legal meetings that will precede the upcoming Washington meeting. It will include aspects related to filling and operating the dam, dealing with droughts, and prolonged drought, in addition to the coordination mechanism to monitor the implementation of the agreement, as well as the mechanism of conflict resolution.

He added that the committee expressed its aspiration for the continuation of the American role until a fair and balanced agreement is reached that meets the interests of all parties. The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources had revealed details regarding the results of the recent Washington meeting of the Renaissance Dam negotiations, which ended in a draft agreement in preparation for the final agreement after two weeks.

The Ministry denied reports that there was a lot of pressure on Egypt to give up some of its demands, stressing that the statement issued by the meetings included foundations consistent in its operative, philosophy, and substance with the Egyptian proposals.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) formerly known as the Millennium Dam and sometimes referred to as Hidase Dam, is a gravity dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia that has been under construction since 2011. Once completed, the reservoir could take anywhere between 5 to 15 years to fill with water, depending on hydrologic conditions during the filling period and agreements reached between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

The ministry stated that the draft agreement dealt with the first filling phase in a fast time, and the operation of turbines to generate energy, which would achieve the main goal of the dam without significant impact on the downstream countries to contribute to providing energy to the Ethiopian people. They added that definitions have been reached and a description of drought and prolonged drought that Ethiopia adheres to measures to reduce the impact.

Earlier, Egypt criticized what he described as Ethiopia’s intransigence in the negotiations and its adoption of excessive stances in it, as Cairo fears that the duration of filling the lake of the dam will affect Egypt’s share of the Nile water. For his part, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, said that the final statement issued by the Washington meeting included the main determinants of the final agreement on the Renaissance Dam.

Hafez said, in a statement, that these determinants include the rules regulating the filling and operation of the dam, in addition to the procedures that must be followed “in a manner that guarantees not to harm the Egyptian water interests.” The Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson mentioned that Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed his appreciation to U.S. Treasury Secretary, Stephen Mnuchin, for his stewardship and sponsorship of the meetings, stressing Cairo’s intention to continue working towards a final agreement on the Renaissance Dam during the next Washington meeting.

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