Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

5 September 2014

Egypt: Bilateral Dam Talks to Resume - Foreign Ministry

Cairo — Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Ethiopian counterpart have agreed to resume dam talks on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday.

The foreign ministers discussed preparations for the joint committee to be headed by both, in addition to memorandums of understanding on cooperation in multiple sectors, the foreign ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page.

Egypt's foreign minister visited Ehtiopia on Thursday to continue dam talks following the fourth round of tripartite talks over the Ethiopian Grand dam project.

Egypt is keen on developing relations with Ethiopia, and building on the positive spirit which prevailed in Malabo summit between President Sisi and the Ethiopian prime minister on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Guinea, Shoukry emphasised.

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to form a tripartite committee composed of 12 experts to act as an international consultancy. The committee will study the dam's environmental, economic and social impact on Egypt and Sudan, as well as on the flow of the Nile river.

The disputed points are expected to be resolved maximum by March, and the results are binding to all parties.

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