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Egypt: No 'Breakthrough' in Talks with Ethiopia over Nile Dam

Egypt: No 'Breakthrough' in Talks with Ethiopia over Nile Dam

Sunday, 15 September, 2019 - 16:45
A general view shows construction activity on the Grand Renaissance dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region in this March 16, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/Files

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Sunday that negotiations over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia have not led to any "breakthrough."

Talks over the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have stopped for more than a year before restarting in Cairo on Sunday.

The long-running dispute centers on the filling and operation of what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.

In remarks to reporters in Cairo, Shoukry expressed hope that Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia can agree a timetable to reach a deal over the soon-to-be-completed dam.

Egypt fears the dam could reduce its share of the Nile River which serves as a lifeline for the population. Ethiopian maintains that the dam will help its development.

Shoukry said his county "respects Ethiopia's right to development" but "without affecting Egypt."

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