Yesterday, Sudan called on Ethiopia to accept the quartet mediation to reach a just and legal agreement regarding the Renaissance Dam, while Egypt confirmed that the procedures for filling and operating the Ethiopian unilateral dam cause negative repercussions that are rejected.
The Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Yasser Abbas, stressed the importance of the Quartet mediation in converging views, expressing his surprise at the objection of Ethiopia to the Quartet mediation, which includes the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and the African Union.
He explained that Sudan, since last year, had called for giving the African Union experts a chance to bridge the gap in viewpoints, but the country of Ethiopia rejected this proposal.
Abbas explained that the Ministry of Irrigation is keen to provide irrigation water for agriculture by rehabilitating irrigation canals in various projects, stressing the importance of increasing water fees, which currently amount to 1% of the agricultural cost to improve the operation of agricultural water.
For his part, the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, said that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and its impact on the waters of the Nile River is one of the major challenges facing Egypt now.
Abdel-Aty said that the unilateral measures taken by the Ethiopian side regarding filling and operating the Renaissance Dam have huge negative repercussions that will not be accepted by the Egyptian state.
He added that the water sector faces many challenges, whether at the global or local level, such as: climate change, population increase, development work and the resulting increase in water demand, and pointed out that these challenges require strenuous efforts to confront them.
It is noteworthy that the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy announced that the second filling of the dam will proceed as planned, and that the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has reached 79%, while Egypt and Sudan continue their claims to Ethiopia for a binding legal agreement regarding the filling and operation of the dam.
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