The US envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, and the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, will arrive in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on two separate visits to hold talks on the Renaissance Dam crisis, following their trips in Cairo and Khartoum.
Ethiopia pre-empted the two visits by announcing yesterday that it is determined to complete the second phase of the process of filling the Renaissance Dam – which it is building on the Blue Nile – on the scheduled date, even if no agreement has been signed with the two estuary states, Sudan and Egypt, regarding this process. Read also With the complexity of the negotiation tracks … Will Sudan declare the sovereignty card over the land of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam?Biden sends a high-ranking delegation to the three countries concerned .. Does the US administration have a solution to the Renaissance Dam crisis?The Renaissance Dam .. What are the options of Egypt and Sudan?
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.”
Mufti added that his country is committed to the rules and regulations that govern cross-border rivers, including not to harm the 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, as he put it.
The director of the Al-Jazeera office in Addis Ababa, Mohamed Taha Tawakkol, indicated that the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry invited foreign correspondents to this press conference yesterday, seeking to confirm its
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Addis Ababa insists on completing the second phase of filling the Renaissance Dam during the next rainy season in July and August, even if it does not reach an agreement, and says 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.
Talks in Cairo and Khartoum
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi discussed yesterday in Cairo the issue of the Renaissance Dam with the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, whose country presides over the current session of the African Union.
Al-Sisi said that his country would not accept compromising its water security, calling for a binding legal agreement on the dam and to spare the region more tension and instability, according to a statement by the Egyptian presidency.
Earlier, Tshisekedi discussed in the Sudanese capital Khartoum the Renaissance Dam crisis with the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.
On Saturday, the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, announced that the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo had presented an initiative to solve the Renaissance Dam crisis in his capacity as president of the current session of the African Union.
She added that the initiative is under discussion by the competent authorities, without revealing its contents.
On the other hand, the US envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, met the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council yesterday in Khartoum, where the two sides discussed the issue of the Renaissance Dam and the border situation between Sudan and Ethiopia.
During the meeting, Al-Burhan stressed the need to reach an agreement between his country and Ethiopia and Egypt on the issues of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.
He added that Sudan is ready to cooperate with Ethiopia to solve its internal issues, and called on the United States to support the Sudanese government in facing the challenges of the transitional period.