ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Heads of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Monday
agreed to work together in various areas, with particular
emphasis given to partnership on Nile River.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir
and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, during their
meeting on the margins of the 30th African Union (AU)
summit on Monday, have agreed to avoid misunderstandings by
working as one.
“They have agreed to
work as one on matters among the three countries, particularly
on the construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam,”
according to the statement issued by the Ethiopian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs on Monday.
relations among Ethiopia and Egypt is largely intertwined with
the Blue Nile River that originates from Ethiopia and shared
among Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.
The construction of
the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the river, which
will be regarded as Africa’s largest dam upon completion with a
total volume of 74,000 million cubic meters, has been a major
issue among the two countries since its commencement in April,
2011 with a construction cost of 80 billion Ethiopian birr
(close to 4.7 billion U.S. dollars).
The three leaders
have also agreed to meet once in a year and put forward future
directions regarding common areas of interest, it was noted.
Nile-bounded countries have also agreed to form a tripartite
development fund institution, which will serve as an instrument
to strengthen economic integration and the people to people
relations among the three countries.
and al-Bashir further reached on mutual consensus on the
procedures of future discussions among water resources, foreign
affairs, and other relevant ministries of the three countries
mainly on Ethiopia’s dam.
have directed reports of relevant ministers’ to be presented to
heads of the three countries within a one month margin, it was
According to the
statement, the three leaders have also agreed to apply the
consensus further on ministerial and expert level.
While Ethiopia and
Sudan reached mutual consensus on the construction of the dam,
Egypt frequently expressed its concern that the dam would affect
its share of the river.
The three countries
had formed a tripartite committee back in 2012 to create
understanding and look into the benefits and impacts the project
would have on the three countries.