Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid announced the success of the mediation meeting regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations in Adis Ababa.
The ministry spokesman had hinted in a previous tweet that a deal was about to be reached, writing that “After 12 hours of continuous negotiations that have not yet come to an end, the GERD mediation meeting is coming close to the road that ensures the continuation of studies. New suggestions have been put forward to solve technical problems, and serious steps have been taken to enhance cooperation and build trust.”
The Egyptian envoy taking place in the meeting are: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Head of Intelligence Abbas Kamel and Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati. All their Ethiopian and Sudanese counterparts took part in the meeting as well.
Ethiopia began constructing the GERD in 2011. The GERD cost $4.7 billion in total to build. Ethiopia plans to fill the reservoir with water to power what is expected to become the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa.
However, Egypt has been particularly critical of the dam’s construction, arguing that it will reduce its legitimate share of River Nile water access, and thus threaten its water security.
Several meetings have taken place between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia and in the end, Egypt and Sudan both announced their support for GERD, with both governments assuring their people that the dam would not affect their share of water.