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Egypt, Sudan conclude negotiations without progress on Renaissance dam

Renaissance Dam

Egypt and Sudan have concluded the Kinshasa round of negotiations on the Renaissance Dam without achieving any progress. The negotiations continued over the past Sunday and Monday.

Ethiopia rejected all the proposals it presented, and no solution has been reached regarding the Renaissance Dam, Egypt said.

Egypt accused Ethiopia of neglecting the measures it had started in the Renaissance Dam negotiations from the start.

The Renaissance Dam

In turn, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, said Egypt will take what it deems appropriate in to protect its national water security, and prevent damage to Egypt’s share of water.

He stressed that Egypt was not informed and during the meeting on Tuesday of the date of the resumption of negotiations.

For its part, Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi affirmed that Sudan is keen on common relations and interests, and at the same time it will not allow its national security to be threatened.

The minister said in a series of tweets: “Continuing negotiations with the same old methodology will not lead to an agreement.”

She noted that the quartet proposed by Sudan, “represents the correct entry point to the agreement on the Renaissance Dam.”

The minister also said the Ethiopian side rejected all formulations and alternative solutions presented by Sudan and Egypt, which confirms “the absence of a political will”.

“The Ethiopian intransigence and insistence on the second full without a binding agreement will make us think about options that preserve our interests and protect our people,”  she said.

Filling the dam

For its part, Ethiopia announced yesterday that the second filling of the Renaissance Dam will take place in accordance with what was decided in the Declaration of Principles, expressing its willingness to facilitate the exchange of data and information about the filling process.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Addis Ababa “cannot enter into an agreement that impedes its current and future legitimate rights in relation to benefiting from the Nile”.

According to the statement, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Demiki Mekonnen highlighted in his opening remarks the rights of all riparian states to use the Nile River.

He also noted to “the importance of reviewing the monopoly on the use of the Nile water by downstream countries,” as he put it.

Ethiopia accused Egypt and Sudan of “adopting an approach that seeks to undermine the process led by the African Union,” and taking the issue of the Renaissance Dam away from the African platform.

The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said, “Egypt and Sudan obstructed the resumption of negotiations by rejecting the final statement draft proposed by the President of the African Union”.

The Foreign Ministry said that Addis Ababa had accepted the draft “with some minor amendments”.

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