According to the protagonists and the mediator US President Donald Trump, the ministerial meeting between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the dam on the Blue Nile still « went well ».
Will this meeting in Washington lead to conciliatory conclusions so as to anticipate any diplomatic crisis between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the Blue Nile Dam?
If optimism is currently allowed, it is still justified. Both the mediator’s words are more than reassuring. « I have just met with prominent representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to help resolve their long-standing dispute over the Ethiopian Renaissance Grand Dam, one of the largest in the world currently under construction. . The meeting went well and the discussions will continue during the day, « tweeted Donald Trump.
And the protagonists confirm: « Ministers reaffirmed their shared commitment to reach a comprehensive, constructive, adaptive, sustainable and mutually beneficial agreement on the filling and operation of the GERD dam and to put in place a clear process to respect this commitment in accordance with the 2015 Statement of Principles « .
Initiated by the US President, this meeting comes after the « impasse » observed during the negotiations last October.
Called « Renaissance Dam » (GERD), this project started in 2012. At a cost of 4 billion dollars, it is expected to become from 2022 (start of operation) the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa , with a production of 6,000 megawatts.
Nile’s 90% dependence on water supply, for example Egypt has always feared a reduction in the flow of the Blue Nile River.