The group conducted their two-hour cleaning campaign on both sides of the Nile in Zamalek, the statement said.
The Ethiopian claim that the two GERD bottom outlets are capable of enabling average flow of Blue Nile is incorrect, the Egyptian ministry said.
Austria also warned that tensions regarding the filling of the dam’s reservoir could bring a massive potential for conflict
The meeting discussed the scenarios for the ministry’s dealing with water needs during this year in conjunction with the beginning of this water season due in July-August.
Failure of reaching a binding agreement on filling and operating the dam and the refusal of providing data from the Ethiopian side will significantly negatively affect the operation of the Sudanese Roseires reservoir.
Egyptian ambassador to the US Moataz Zahran said that there is a need for cooperation again between Egypt and the United States on the issue of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
The Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources on Monday urged the citizens to receive their information on a possible flood due to an increase in Nile water level only from the ministry to avoid misinformation and confusion.
Abdel Attai said that Egypt would increase the number of development projects for collecting and storing rainwater, with the aim of serving the South Sudanese people.
The ministry noted it sends a specialized team periodically to inspect the Nile to ensure that there is no waste disposed of by the industrial complexes, especially the sugar factories.
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation affirmed that Ethiopia does not want to abide by any commitments, saying “we have given ultimate flexibility.”
Shoukry stressed the importance of reaching a ‘fair solution that preserves the interests of all parties and minimizes the damage
Shoukry affirmed that Egypt cannot violate the Ethiopian sovereignty, saying “we have no intention nor desire to infringe on anyone's sovereignty
The ministers will seek an agreement on GERD filling and operation rules.
This is the first project to be carried out under the Auction system, she added.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (l), Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a meeting on the sidelines of the 32nd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. February 10, 2019. Press Photo
It has been estimated that the final cost of the feasibility study of the project could reach $10 million.
“The average of the Nile water flow is 84 billion cubic meters, as it is variable between 50 billion cubic meters to 140 cubic meters,” he said.
“Ethiopia has not yet begun to fill the reservoir of the Renaissance dam […] Egypt will not accept that its [water] share of the Nile water could be affected,” said Minister Mohamed Abdel Atti.
Cairo will host a nine-party meeting on the GERD by the Nile Basin countries in June.
The government is preparing for a LE 900 billion national plan for water management in Egypt for the next 20 years in participation with nine ministers.