Cairo/Kinshasa (Reuters)-Egypt said in a statement that the latest meeting between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam may be the last chance to resume talks for the second year in a row. meeting. on Sunday.
The meeting ended in Kinshasa on Monday. Previous attempts to reach an agreement on Ethiopia’s giant dam on the Blue Nile have stalled.
Ethiopia says that dams are the key to its economic development and power generation. Egypt is worried that it will endanger the supply of water from the Nile, while Sudan is worried about the safety of the dam and the regulation of the flow of water through its dams and water stations.
Ethiopia stated that it will fill the reservoir behind the giant hydroelectric dam again after the seasonal rains begin this summer. Sudan and Egypt both expressed opposition.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister said in a statement: “These negotiations are the last opportunity that the three countries must seize in order to reach an agreement before the upcoming flood season.”
Last week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stated that if Egypt’s water supply is affected by the dam, “the region will experience unimaginable instability”.
Sudan is currently involved in a tense border dispute between the fertile Al-Fashqa region and Ethiopia and completed a joint military exercise with Egypt on Saturday.
Sudan said in a separate statement that Ethiopia has increased its interest in negotiations by seeking to restart discussions on the distribution of water on the Nile.
The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Chairman of the African Union Felix Tshisekedi said: “I ask everyone to start again and open one or more windows of hope.”
Sudan welcomed the UAE’s initiative to mediate dam negotiations and border disputes in March, but recently also called for the inclusion of the United Nations, the European Union and the United States as mediators.
(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah in Cairo, Hereland Holland in Kinshasa and Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum, writing by Nafisa Eltahir; editing by Hugh Lawson)