Nile dam talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan fail again

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have once again failed to agree on a new negotiating approach to resolve their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River.

In late October, the three African countries resumed virtual talks over the filling and operation of the $4bn Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam project, which broke floor in 2011.

The renewed talks followed US President Donald Trump’s comments in which he stated downstream Egypt could cease up “blowing up” the project, which Cairo has referred to as an existential threat.

Foreign and irrigation ministers of the three international locations met remaining week and delegated experts from their nations to talk about and agree on an strategy so the talks could be fruitful.

But differences remained and Wednesday’s assembly failed to bridge the gaps, said Mohammed el-Sebaei, Egypt’s Irrigation Ministry spokesman.

Sudan’s water ministry said in a statement: “Water ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed to stop this spherical of negotiations over Ethiopia’s Nile dam.”

Sudan’s Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas said the talks did not acquire concrete growth and that Egypt adversarial a Sudanese suggestion supported via Ethiopia to maximise the position of the African Union experts.

Multiple rounds of talks have over the years failed to produce an settlement on the filling and operation of the vast reservoir at the back of the 145-metre tall hydropower barrage. 

Great risk’

Key inquiries stay about how much water Ethiopia will deliver downstream if a multi-year dry spell happens and how the three nations will settle any future debates. 

Ethiopia is building the dam on the Blue Nile, which joins the White Nile in Sudan to turn into the Nile stream – the world’s longest and a life saver providing water and power to the 10 nations it navigates. 

Ethiopia sees the venture as basic for its jolt and advancement and demands that the progression of water downstream won’t be influenced. 

However, Egypt and Sudan have communicated concerns the dam will diminish the progression of the Nile waters to their nations. 

Egypt depends vigorously on the Nile to gracefully water for its farming and to its in excess of 100 million individuals, while Sudan cautioned that a huge number of lives would be at “incredible danger” if Ethiopia singularly fills the dam.