Egypt and Ethiopia agreed to resume discussions after an eight-month break (+Video)
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Egypt and Ethiopia agreed to resume talks after an eight-month break due to ongoing differences over the construction of Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam.
In a press conference held yesterday, Ethiopian Energy and Water irrigation Minister, Alemayehu Tegenu said “Delegations from the three countries held transparent discussions and passed a number of decisions towards the implementation of the recommendations put forth by the international panel of experts.”
Minister Alemayehu also added the delegations had agreed to form a 12-member follow-up committee comprised of four experts from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.
Asked if the dam’s construction would be halted while the two studies were being conducted, the minister affirmed “construction will not be halted; nothing of that sort was suggested in the meeting by anybody.”
Addis Ababa and Cairo agreed to resume tripartite discussions after both leaders, Hailemariam Desalegn and Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met at the 23rd African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea last June.
Please watch the press conference highlights below