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The Minister of Culture and Information, spokesman for the Sudanese transitional government, Faisal Muhammad Salih, has resolved the controversy surrounding news of negotiations with his country to give up part of its share in the waters of the Nile, in order to remove the stumbling block of the Renaissance Dam negotiations.
The minister added At a press conference today, Tuesday “At no stage in the negotiation stage in Washington about the dam blocking Al-Nasha from any party, there was no request that Sudan give up any part of its share in the Nile waters to Egypt, and any talk about that is completely disgraceful to health.”
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced last Thursday that it expects a final, fair, soon agreement under American auspices, but the Ethiopian side indicated that progress has been made without a definitive settlement.
The US Treasury Department announced – after the last round of tripartite negotiations – that Washington agreed to facilitate preparations to conclude the final agreement on the operation and filling of the dam for submission to ministers and presidents in the countries concerned for signature by the end of this month.
Ethiopia began building the dam in 2011 at a cost of four billion dollars, and expects to complete it in 2022.
Egypt, which relies 90% on the Nile water, fears the impact of the Renaissance Dam on the flow of river water to it, while Ethiopia says it does not aim to harm Egypt’s interests, stressing that the aim of the dam is to generate electricity in the first place.
And news of Sudan giving up part of its share is old and renewed, as it was reported during the reign of the ousted president Omar al-Bashir, too. When the Minister of Water Resources confirmed Irrigation and electricity Moataz Moussa, that there is no way to relinquish Sudan’s share in the Nile waters approved by the 1959 agreement.
Ethiopia announced the completion of 86% of the construction works of the dam, stressing that the start of filling the dam will be as planned in next June, and that it will be ready for a partial production of electrical energy early next year.