Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt agreed to conduct an independent study in order to dispel worries on water flow impact by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) now being built on the Nile.
"The delegation that arrived at 06:00 this morning (Wednesday) spent all of last night in meetings and discussions over this matter, and I can say that progress was made in the negotiations with our brothers in Sudan and in Ethiopia", Sisi said on a live youth conference on state TV. The negotiations lasted nearly two days - nearly without a break.
They also determined to meet periodically, possibly every six months, for consultations, in accordance with the text issued by the Foreign Ministry. More high-level talks are set to take place on 3 July in Cairo.
Indeed, the Nile is a vital lifeline for Egypt, providing the country with both irrigation and drinking water.
Shoukry, for his part, underlined Egypt's keenness to activate all mechanisms of cooperation at the tripartite level between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, in order to achieve the development goals of the three countries and contribute to realizing the people's aspirations for a better future. Egypt has criticised the dam's construction, which Ethiopia has been undertaking since 2011, arguing that it will reduce the country's access to the river's water - something it considers a historical, legitimate right. "There was a breakthrough".
"One more step towards Ethiopia: we draw a roadmap that, if successful, will be able to break the difficulties faced", concluded Foreign Affairs spokesperson Meles Alem.
Accordingly, a team of five individuals from each country will be established to study the filling and operating of the dam, whose construction by Ethiopia is reported to be in the final stages.
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