Minister: Final report on Ethiopian dam in February

The final report on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be submitted to the governments of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in February, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Bahaa Eddin has said.

The report includes plans for action in case the dam is found to negatively affect any of the three countries.

The minister added that neither Ethiopia nor any other Nile Basin country were permitted to transfer Nile water to Israel, as international agreements outlaw the transport of water from international rivers outside their basins.

Bahaa Eddin said Egypt would agree with Ethiopia not to fill the dam’s reservoir if the flood levels drop, in order to not threaten the flow of water to Egypt and Sudan.

He said that Ethiopia has a right to national development, provided that it doesn’t negatively impact other countries. He added that the four international experts on the panel evaluating the dam are focusing on its environmental effects on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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