Sudan water minister leaves Egypt after talks

December 4, 2013

Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity Usama Abdalla left Cairo Tuesday following a short visit to Egypt.

The minister held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib to prepare for a scheduled meeting of the water ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on December 8, sources said.

According to the sources, Sudan is mediating between Egypt and Ethiopia to resolve a dispute between the two countries on a dam being built by Addis Ababa on the Nile.

Ethiopian plans to build a dam on the Nile have raised worries in Egypt that the dam will sharply reduce amounts of water coming to it from the river, its only source of water.

In May, Addis Ababa diverted the flow of the river, from which most of Egypt’s Nile water share comes, raising concerns in Cairo.

A committee of experts from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan was formed in 2011 with the aim of assessing the environmental, economic and social effects the dam will have on downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.

A few days after Ethiopia had diverted the flow of the Blue Nile, the committee, which grouped ten water experts from the three countries as well as international experts, recommended conducting further studies on safety measures related to the construction of the dam as well as the impact it will have on Egypt and Sudan.

Ethiopia says, apart from pushing its development plans forward, the new dam will benefit Egypt and Sudan because the electricity generated from it will be available for the two countries to purchase.

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