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New Talks over Nile Waters Kick Off in Sudan

New Talks over Nile Waters Kick Off in Sudan

Friday, 4 October, 2019 - 11:00
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

Irrigation ministers of three key Nile Basin countries are meeting in Sudan´s capital, seeking to resolve differences over Ethiopia´s soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Cairo claims threatens its water supply.

The spokesman of Egypt´s irrigation ministry, Muhamed El-Sebai, said the ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia were meeting Friday for two days in Khartoum to discuss Ethiopia´s $5 billion project, which is set to be Africa´s largest hydraulic dam.

Egypt fears the dam could reduce its share of the Nile River, which serves as a lifeline for the country's 100 million people, the Associated Press reported.

Ethiopia has roughly the same population and says the dam will help its economic development.

Egypt seeks Sudan's support in the dispute.

The last round of talks held in Cairo last month failed to make progress.

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