Egypt calls on Ethiopia to fill Renaissance Dam within 7 years

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Egypt has submitted an official request to Ethiopia that the East African nation fills the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) within seven years.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Seleshi Bekele, on Wednesday revealed the government had received the official request from Egypt, which submitted a study regarding the filling of the dam within a seven-year timeframe.

Egypt submits official request

” Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel, recently presented a study conducted by his country regarding the filling process of the dam,” minister Seleshi Bekele said in a statement on Wednesday.

The timeframe for filling the dam and beginning power generation remain two of the most contentious issues in discussions between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

Talks between the three countries have been delayed by the security situation in Sudan, which is yet to announce its water minister. Egpyt, which is entirely dependent on the river Nile and water imports, fears the GERD project will place further strain on the country’s water supply.

The country already suffers from water shortages and any significant loss of supply from the river Nile could destroy Egypt’s prized stretch of richly-fertile farmland and greenery.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.