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Egypt and Sudan call on Ethiopia to sign agreement on mega-dam

Egypt and Sudan call on Ethiopia to sign agreement on mega-dam

Cairo, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Egypt and Sudan urged Ethiopia to sign a binding agreement on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), built on the Nile River, an official source reported.

According to a statement, the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and the Commander-In-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Abdel Fattah al Burhan, advocated signing a balanced and beneficial agreement for all parties.

After a meeting in Cairo, both leaders considered water as a matter of national security for their respective countries.

Ethiopia announced in February that it had begun to generate energy from the GERD, which was harshly criticized by Cairo, whose authorities considered it a violation of the adopted regulations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt issued a statement saying that the decision violates the Declaration of Principles signed by both countries and Sudan seven years ago.

Both Sudan and Egypt demand total coordination in the filling and operation of this megaproject.

The last round of talks to resolve the decade-long dispute collapsed in April of last year, as Egypt claimed that the GERD threatens the quota of water it receives from the Nile, which the country’s human consumption, agriculture and industry depend almost entirely on.

For their part, the Addis Ababa authorities consider the GERD key to supplying electricity to the more than 110 million inhabitants of Ethiopia and thus promoting socio-economic development.

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