Egypt Ethiopia dam talks


Egypt will hold talks with Ethiopia in the next two weeks to iron out differences over an Ethiopian dam on the River Nile Cairo sees as a threat to its water supply.

The two countries and Sudan held a series of meetings over the $4 billion hydro-electric Grand Renaissance Dam, but have yet to reach a deal on managing flows and other issues.

Egypt fears the scheme will restrict water coming from Ethiopia’s highlands, through the deserts of Sudan, to its fields and reservoirs. Ethiopia, which wants to become Africa’s biggest power exporter, says it will have no such impact.

Egypt Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, said he and his Ethiopian counterpart, Abiy Ahmed, agreed “to start bilateral discussions in the next two weeks to agree on points that remain unagreed,” state news agency MENA reported.

MENA cited Abiy as saying he wanted to preserve Egypt’s Nile river rights.

The dam was scheduled to be finished by 2020, but Abiy said in August it would be delayed by several years.