Egyptian official: Nile water reserves remain safe

The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said on Monday that its country’s reserves of Nile water are still safe, and that the Ethiopian “Renaissance” dam negotiations will be resumed within days. 

This came in a statement by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Muhammad al-Sibai, reported by “Al-Youm Al-Sabea” newspaper.

Al-Sibai said: “Egypt’s water reserves in the High Dam Lake (south) in the safe borders, and the flood begins in Egypt in August every year … The predictions indicate that the flood this year is promising.”

He stressed that “the negotiations for the” Renaissance “dam will be resumed within the next few days,” without specifying a specific date.

He pointed out that “Egypt is keen to reach a binding agreement that preserves the rights of the downstream country (Cairo and Khartoum).”

Egyptian official: Nile water reserves remain safe

On Friday, the African Union called on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to finalize the text of a binding law regarding the start and operation of the “Renaissance” dam.

In a statement, the African Union urged “the negotiating parties, with the support of the experts and observers of the African Union, to work quickly to develop the last agreement on the text of a binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam, which includes a comprehensive agreement on future developments regarding the Blue Nile (a tributary).”

On the other hand, the media circulated statements by the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry saying that it wanted a “non-binding” agreement on the Renaissance Dam that can be referred to it.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced, in a statement, consensus during the African summit to continue negotiating, and the need to reach a legally binding agreement, which includes a mechanism for resolving disputes between the three parties (Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia).

This comes in conjunction with Sudan’s announcement of a “sudden decline” in the water level of the Nile River, the suspension of a number of drinking water stations, and Egypt’s announcement of the start of a comprehensive plan to rationalize water consumption, in search of a way out in light of the continuing differences with Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is adhering to filling and operating the dam reservoir, during the current rainy season that started in July, while Egypt and Sudan refuse to implement Addis Ababa this step before reaching a tripartite agreement.

Egypt fears affecting its annual share of the Nile’s water, which amounts to 55.5 billion cubic meters, and demands an agreement on files, including the safety of the dam, and the determination of its filling bases in times of drought.

While Addis Ababa says that it does not aim to harm the interests of Egypt or Sudan, and that the aim of building the dam is to generate electricity and achieve development

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