Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri announced that the Egypt will host a tripartite meeting of foreign and irrigation ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on February 20 to break the deadlock in The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations.
Shukri said in statements on Monday that the three parties are witnessing a recession over the past 6 to 9 months in the communication between the three parties on water rights, pointing out that the negotiating process has been organized, continuous, and is at a pace of reassuring access to consensus and solutions, but these negotiations have stopped.
Last year, there were meetings of foreign, water ministers and general intelligence chiefs of the three countries on the Renaissance dam.
Shukri said that the three parties have not reached a unified vision on how to deal with the issue of filling the dam reservoir and its operation, “Sometimes there are differences in vision. There will be efforts in the next phase to revive this path.”
Shukri pointed out that “the outcome of the (trilateral summit) was to break the logjam by restoring the pace of meetings and to call for a meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs and irrigation (the three countries) in Cairo on February 20.”