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New round of negotiations on Nile dam

Christian Fernsby |
The Ministers of Irrigation and Water Resources in Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia are set to chair on Monday an experts meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Cairo.

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Topics: NILE DAM   

This would be the second meeting for experts and technicians out of four meetings agreed upon during talks held by the three countries’ foreign ministers in Washington on Nov. 6.

Ethiopia’s construction of GERD on the Blue Nile began in 2012, but since then Egypt has sounded the alarm that the project would severely reduce its water supplies.

Sudan’s Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources revealed in a statement that Minister Yasser Abbas would travel to Cairo on Saturday, heading the Sudanese delegation in the two-day meeting.

The talks are aimed at discussing the first filling of the dam and the start of its operation by Jan. 15.

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