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Egypt foreign minister holds consultation with six nations over Renaissance Dam

Egypt Foreign Affairs Minister, Sameh Shoukry has embarked on an African tour to consult with several countries on the developments of the Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue.

Shoukry on Sunday headed to Kenya and will go next to Comoros, South Africa, Congo, Senegal and Tunisia with messages from President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to his counterparts, according to a local newspaper report.

Ahmed Hafez, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement that the visits are based on Egypt’s keenness on informing the African nations about the reality of the GERD negotiations.

He added that Egypt is keen on achieving a legally-binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam in a manner that takes the interests of the three countries into account prior to the second filling phase and any unilateral actions.

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Hafez emphasized the Egyptian position that calls for launching a serious and effective negotiation that would result in the desired agreement.

The decision by Ethiopia to further fill its hydropower project called the Renaissance Dam is set to pose serious threat to Egypt, Sudan and other countries that depend largely on on the dam for survival.

Ethiopia began filling the reservoir behind the dam after the summer rains last year despite demands from Egypt and Sudan that it should first reach a binding agreement on the dam’s operation.

Egypt views the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as a major threat to its fresh water supplies, more than 90 percent of which come from the Nile. The Blue Nile flows north into Sudan, then Egypt; it is the Nile’s main tributary.

Ethiopia says the dam is crucial to its economic development.

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