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Third-round talks on GERD conclude

Addis Ababa, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) The search for areas of convergence to reach an agreement was the focus of the third round of talks between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which ended on Wednesday.

Cairo, the capital of Egypt, welcomed the delegations led by Ethiopia’s Chief Negotiator with ministerial rank, Seleshi Bekele, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sewilam, and Sudanese acting Minister of Water Resources Dawelbeit Abdelrahman, the state-run Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

Bekele repeated Ethiopia’s commitment to a win-win outcome based on the cardinal principle of equitable and reasonable use of the Nile River.

The next round of talks will be held in Addis Ababa in December this year.

According to official sources, the national government is involved in these GERD negotiations based on securing its share of the Nile River water at the same time.

More than 90 percent of the construction work of the dam has been completed; the civil work of the GERD is expected to be finished during this fiscal year, President Sahele-Work Zewde confirmed during the joint opening session of the Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives (Parliament) and the House of Federation (Upper House) in early October.

The meetings resulted in a bilateral consultation between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, held in Cairo on July 13, 2023.

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