The head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said that his country supports negotiations to end the Renaissance Dam crisis. On the other hand, Ethiopia has renewed its refusal to internationalize the file, and to continue mobilization if no agreement is reached.
During his meeting with the US envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, in Khartoum, Al-Burhan stressed that his country supports the negotiation solution and coordination between the source and the downstream countries regarding the mobilization and operation of the Renaissance Dam.
Al-Burhan added that Sudan is ready to cooperate with Ethiopia to solve its internal issues.
Al-Burhan explained to the US envoy that the recent deployment of the Sudanese armed forces took place within the Sudanese borders, which Ethiopia had recognized.
Al-Burhan called on the United States to stand by the Sudanese government and support it in facing the challenges of the transitional period.
For his part, the US envoy stressed the importance of Sudan, the Horn of Africa, and the security of the Red Sea to the United States.
In the context, Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, President of the current session of the African Union, arrived in Khartoum, on a one-day official visit.
During his meeting with the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Tshisekedi discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and regional issues of common interest.
The meetings of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo include a meeting with the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.
And Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi said in previous statements that President Tshisekedi would visit the countries of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia to discuss the issue of the Renaissance
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On the other hand, Ethiopia announced that it will complete the process of filling the Renaissance Dam in its second phase on the scheduled date, even if no agreement has been signed with the two countries of the mouth of the Nile regarding this mobilization.
The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti said, “His country has provided all the information to Sudan about the Renaissance Dam, but Khartoum is trying to stir up confusion by continuing its complaint.”
The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman affirmed that his country will work to ensure that there is an agreement between the three countries on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, indicating that the second filling process is an integral part of building the dam, and therefore it will take place as happened in the first filling process last year.
Mufti added that his country is committed to the rules and regulations that govern cross-border rivers, including not to harm the two downstream countries, calling – in a press conference – both Egypt and Sudan to complete negotiations through the African Union mechanism, because this is a win for all.
Addis Ababa insists on a second filling of the dam with water in July and August, even if no agreement is reached, and says that it does not aim to harm the interests of Sudan and Egypt, and that the aim of the dam is to generate electricity for development purposes.
Egypt and Sudan adhere to first reaching a tripartite agreement that preserves their water facilities and ensures the continuation of their annual share of the Nile water, which is 55.5 billion cubic meters and 18.5 billion cubic meters, respectively.