Press Release

Friday 31 January 2020
8:50 AM

Unofficial translation

Following rounds of tough and arduous negotiations - between the Foreign Affairs and Water Resources Ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, under the auspices of the United States and with the participation of the World Bank - of which the most recent round was the four-day negotiations held in Washington, D.C. on January 28 to 31, 2020;

A joint statement was issued by the three countries, indicating that the Ministers have reached an agreement on the following issues:

1- A schedule for a stage based filling plan of the Renaissance Dam.

2- A mechanism for the filling during drought, prolonged drought, and dry years.

3- A mechanism for the operationalization during drought, prolonged drought, and dry years.

The Ministers also agreed on the importance of finalizing negotiations and reaching an agreement on the mechanism for the operationalization of the Renaissance Dam under normal hydrological conditions, and a coordination mechanism to monitor and follow up the implementation of the agreement and exchange data and information, in addition to a dispute resolution mechanism, as well as discussing subjects related to the dam’s safety and the completion of studies on the environmental and social impact of the Renaissance Dam.

The Ministers instructed the technical and legal committees to continue meetings in Washington, D.C. in order to draft the final agreement, noting that the Ministers of Foreign affairs and Water Resources of the three countries will meet again in Washington, D.C. on February 12 and 13, 2020 to approve the final version of the agreement in preparation for signing it by the end of February 2020.

It is worth mentioning that the American side has prepared a document for an agreement on the three above-mentioned issues; only Egypt signed the document at the end of the meeting.

Moreover, Egypt appreciates and values the role played by the US Administration and the great attention paid by His Excellency President Donald Trump in order to reach a comprehensive, just and balanced agreement that achieves the three countries’ interests on such a vital issue that impacts the entire region, especially the Egyptian people to whom the Nile  River represents a lifeline. Egypt also appreciates the tireless and valuable efforts of the US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and his team in managing the negotiation rounds and reconcile views between the three countries, as well as the efforts of the President of the World Bank David Malpass and his team who participated in the meetings and contributed to this progress.​​