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Egypt's Embassy in Vienna Organizes Seminar over Ethiopian Dam

Egypt's Embassy in Vienna Organizes Seminar over Ethiopian Dam

Friday, 29 January, 2021 - 08:30
Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

The Egyptian embassy in Vienna held a seminar in cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy to address the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue.

The event is part of Cairo's intensified diplomatic efforts to pressure Ethiopia to reach an agreement.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ahmed Hafez said the seminar aims to highlight the threats posed by the Dam on Egypt and Sudan and to find a way to reach a fair deal that would guarantee the rights of all sides.

The event was attended by representatives from international organizations and UN officials in Austria, as well as an elite of experts and academics.

Egypt and Sudan are concerned that their share of the Nile waters will be impacted due to the recurrent filling of the GERD, as well as other consequences.

The three countries have been holding negotiations to resolve the dispute over the GERD for about ten years, without reaching an agreement despite the involvement of the United States, World Bank and African Union.

This comes days after Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry asserted his country does not negotiate for the sake of negotiating, stressing that Egypt will not accept the consolidation of the status quo on the ground.

Egypt will not be a hostage to the efforts to impose hegemony on the Nile River, he declared before parliament.

In this context, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aty has urged for the acceleration of the procedures necessary to shifting from flood irrigation to modern irrigation systems.

He called for focusing on success stories that could motivate farmers to adopt modern techniques.

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