Egypt calls on Ethiopia to fill Renaissance Dam within 7 years
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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