Egypt says to participate in Tuesday's renewed talks over Ethiopia's dam_china

Egypt says to participate in Tuesday's renewed talks over Ethiopia's dam_china

Egypt and Sudan are seeking a legally binding agreement, which guarantees appropriate water flows and a legal mechanism for resolving disputes before the dam is filled and operational.

While in talks with the USA ambassador, Gedu Andargachew, the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister said: "The incitement of war between Ethiopia and Egypt from a sitting U.S. president neither reflects the longstanding partnership and strategic alliance between Ethiopia and the United States nor is acceptable in global law governing interstate relations".

Negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over a controversial multi-billion dollar dam on the Blue Nile will resume on Tuesday, almost two months after Egypt left the talks, African Union chairman Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.

Ethiopians would finish the dam, he vowed.

Cairo and to a lesser extent Khartoum have long voiced their misgivings and even opposition to the dam project, apprehensive about its environmental and social implications to tens of millions of their peoples who depend on water from Africa's longest river for its domestic, agricultural and economic value.

Over the past few years, tripartite talks on the rules of filling and operating the GERD, with a total capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, have been fruitless, including those hosted by Washington and recently by the African Union. An agreement on the filling of the GERD is within the reach of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

Sudan's Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas called for a new negotiating approach that will allow "a broader and more effective" role for foreign experts and observers to push the talks forward, the state-run SUNA news agency reported Monday.

"With tensions still very much rife, the Ethiopian government on Saturday, October 24, 2020, summoned United States" Ambassador Mike Raynor, seeking clarifications on comments made by President Donald Trump.

Trump on Friday said that Egypt will "end up blowing up the dam" Ethiopia is building along the Blue Nile River.

Mr Trump said Egypt would not be able to live with the dam and might "blow up" the construction.

"The region can not afford tensions and we should stay away from anything that would contribute to building them up between neighboring countries that share a history and are bound by a common destiny", he added.

Saturday, Addis Ababa accused the U.S. president of "inciting a war" against it. This, Trump said is forcing him to cut funds, while adding that "they will never see that money unless they adhere to the agreement ..."

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