Egyptian officials arrive in Addis Ababa to resume dam talks
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – A delegation headed by Egyptian minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdul Muttalib will discuss with Ethiopian officials regarding the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
According to Awramba Times sources, Minister Mohamed Muttalib’s team will discuss with his Ethiopian counterpart, Alemayehu Tegunu and concerned foreign minister officials on the agenda of “sticking points” of GERD, which Egypt fears could have a “detrimental impact” upon its water supply.
Last month, Egyptian officials introduced a “principles of confidence-building” document asking Ethiopia to “respect” Egypt’s lion’s share as per the colonial agreements, signed in 1929 and 1959, guaranteeing Egypt 55.5bn cubic metres of Nile water annually. However, Ethiopia immediately rejected the proposal.
According to experts whom Awramba Times spoke to, the document undermines the fair-share principle of the upper stream countries, designed to ensure Egypt’s historical claim to most of the Nile River’s water