Published: Вт, Июня 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

Abiy traveled to Egypt from Uganda where he received "The Pearl of Africa Grand Medal" Award from Ugandan President Yoweri museveni on Heroes, a national holiday in the country, "for his reconciliatory leadership in achieving peace & stability in Ethiopia & for extending Olive Branch to #Eritrea", as tweeted by his chief of staff Fitsum Arega.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned the prisoners, according to Egyptian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will arrive at Cairo International Airport on Sunday morning heading a high-level delegation, Ethiopia's Cairo ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie Amde said. "We will work with the people of Egypt in any area", Abiy said.

Al-Sisi said he has been working over the past four years with Ethiopia to reach an agreement on the dam dispute.

For his part, Sisi described Egypt's relations with Ethiopia as "strategic", promising to maintain cooperation with the Ethiopian side for the best interests of both nations. By GCR Staff0 CommentsEthiopia and Egypt vowed yesterday to resolve their differences over Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile that Egypt fears will threaten its water supplies.

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Ethiopia and Egypt have been trading war of words sometime back after Egyptian president ranted "Nile is a matter of life and death for Egypt" - connoting that it is a red line.

In May, the irrigation ministers of all three countries that share the Nile agreed to set up a study group on how the dam would be filled and meet once every six months to discuss the situation. Ethiopia says the dam is essential for its economic development.

"I believe the visit is exploratory and it is meant to ensure previous understandings and create new ones", the expert added, noting that Ethiopia has already completed 65 percent of the dam construction.

Addis Ababa hopes the finished project can transform it into one of Africa's key energy hubs.

Egypt's share of Nile water sits at 55.5 billion cubic meters, while Sudan's quota is 18.5 billion cubic meters.

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