Abiy Ahmed congratulates Ethiopians on completion of 1st stage of GERD filling



Wed, 22 Jul 2020 - 05:15 GMT


Wed, 22 Jul 2020 - 05:15 GMT

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed - FILE Photo

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed - FILE Photo

CAIRO – 22 July 2020: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed congratulated Ethiopians on completing the first phase of the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).


Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, had justified the start of  filling the Renaissance Dam due to the heavy rainfall season.


Earlier, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation Yasser Abbas said that it was agreed at the mini-African summit, which was held on Tuesday, to continue negotiations to overcome the points of contention over the Renaissance Dam.


The Egyptian-Sudanese-Ethiopian mini-summit was previously held in a video conference and sponsored by the African Union, to discuss the reports submitted by the delegations of the three countries in the last round of negotiations.


However, the Ethiopian Television aired new footages, in a provocative move, showing the Renaissance Dam lake completely filled, which reflects that the Ethiopian side has not been serious regarding the dam negotiations throughout the last period.


Conflicting statements by Ethiopian ministries of foreign affairs and irrigation were dominating news over the past weeks, declaring the filling of the reservoir then denying those statements and apologizing.


Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew tweeted in Amhari language, “It was previously the Nile River, now it is a lake. It will no longer flow back into the river. Ethiopia will use the lake to achieve all the developments it wants. In fact, the Nile is ours.”


Egypt has repeatedly assured its strong keenness to reach an agreement regarding the dam in a way that preserves the rights of the three countries.  





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