Egypt withdraws from latest Nile dam talks

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The timetable for filling the dam is yet to be agreed

Egypt has withdrawn from the renewed talks on the future of a giant hydropower project on the Nile River being built by Ethiopia.

The latest standoff is over new filling guidelines proposed by Ethiopia.

Sudan has also threatened to withdraw from the talks, saying Ethiopia is insisting on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile.

Sudan’s Water and Irrigation Minister, Yasser Abbas, said he received a letter from his Ethiopian counterpart with the proposal.

The Sudanese minister said Ethiopia proposed “the deal under discussion be limited to filling up the dam and any deal concerning its management be linked to the question of sharing Blue Nile waters”, AFP news agency reports.

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan through which the Blue Nile flows have been negotiating for the best part of a decade, but all the while the dam has been built.

Ethiopia celebrated as the rains began filling the dam in June but the neighbours are concerned over people who depend on the river downstream.Egypt has withdrawn from the renewed talks on the future of a giant hydropower project on the Nile River being built by Ethiopia.

The latest standoff is over new filling guidelines proposed by Ethiopia.

Sudan has also threatened to withdraw from the talks, saying Ethiopia is insisting on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile.

Sudan’s Water and Irrigation Minister, Yasser Abbas, said he received a letter from his Ethiopian counterpart with the proposal.

The Sudanese minister said Ethiopia proposed “the deal under discussion be limited to filling up the dam and any deal concerning its management be linked to the question of sharing Blue Nile waters”, AFP news agency reports.

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan through which the Blue Nile flows have been negotiating for the best part of a decade, but all the while the dam has been built.

Ethiopia celebrated as the rains began filling the dam in June but the neighbours are concerned over people who depend on the river downstream.

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Source: bbc.com

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  1. GTY 6 August, 2020 at 03:36 Reply

    I do not even understand it why Egypt can do what ever she wants to do with Nile water-sells the water to her neighboring countries. Using the water to grow fruits and vegetables to export it to the all over the world. Even Egypt rented some of her land to Arabian countries for them to grow their grass to feed their cattle in using the Nile water. Who is allowing Egypt to prevent Ethiopia to use her own water. Egypt should leave alone Ethiopia. Egypt should recycle and use her own water just like her neighbor Israel does. Even Egypt should charged for using Ethiopian water just like Lesotho is charging South Africa for using their water.

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