Washington meetings on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Wednesday 6 November 2019
2:00 PM
​Unofficial Translation

Following the meetings held in Washington D.C. on the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) under the appreciated auspices of the United States and with the participation of the World Bank President, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stated that the meetings had positive outcomes that would adjust the negotiations’ track and set a clear and specific timetable for it. It was agreed that the three countries will hold four urgent meetings at the level of the Ministers of Water Resources with the participation of representatives of the United States and the World Bank, culminating in the conclusion of an agreement on the GERD filling and operation within two months by January 15, 2020, with two additional reunions to be held in Washington D.C. during this period upon the invitation of US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin in order to assess the progress of these negotiations.

The Foreign Minister expressed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s deep appreciation of President Donald Trump's sponsorship of these negotiations and receiving the three Ministers, as well as the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the United States which reflects the deep strategic relations between Egypt and the United States, this would contribute into reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam in a manner that fosters stability and development in the East Africa region.

The Foreign Minister also praised the constructive role of the US Secretary of Treasury, who paid high attention to the subject and presided the meeting held with the three countries’ Ministers. During these intensive meetings, the Foreign Minister stressed that Egypt seeks reaching a balanced agreement that will enable Ethiopia to achieve the GERD purpose which is generating electricity, without prejudice to Egypt's water interests and rights, and affirmed that the Nile water is an existential matter for Egypt.

In light of the ongoing coordination among the Egyptian state institutions, which attach top priority to this vital file, the Foreign Minister also outlined the important role played by the technical delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation to brief the US circles and the World Bank on Egypt’s overall technical and legal position through a series of intensive meetings, reaffirming the justness of Egypt’s position.​