Egypt warns Ethiopia not to fill the dam before a binding agreement

Egypt warned Ethiopia against implementing the second stage of filling the reservoir of the “Renaissance Dam”, before reaching a binding legal agreement that would regulate the rules for filling and operating the dam, which is located on the main tributary of the Nile River.

Yesterday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed his country’s readiness to launch a serious negotiation track that takes into account the interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

A week ago, the Ethiopian government announced its intention to start the second phase of filling the reservoir with about 13.5 billion cubic meters, in the middle of this year. And it had completed the first phase, last July, with about 5 billion cubic meters, in a procedure that was met by Egyptian-Sudanese protest.

Cairo is seeking, through intensive diplomatic efforts, to mobilize an international position in the face of Addis Ababa. In this context, Shukry received a phone call yesterday from Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, and the Egyptian minister assured him that his country “had hoped for the success of the efforts of the African Union in managing the Renaissance Dam file, but the negotiations did not produce anything tangible and did not produce the desired results. ».

The negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, which are under the auspices of the African Union, stalled after they failed last month to reach a consensus.

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