The Sudanese Prime Minister called on his Egyptian and Ethiopian counterparts to hold a summit within 10 days, to assess negotiations on the Renaissance Dam after reaching a dead end, the official news agency in Sudan reported on Tuesday.
The Sudanese News Agency reported that Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok called for holding a summit “to agree and discuss possible options to move forward in these negotiations, and to renew the political commitment between the three countries in order to reach an agreement in a timely manner, in line with the agreement of principles stance between the three parties on March 23 / March 2015. ‘
The dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia revolves around the period of filling and how to operate the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the course of the Nile River.
And Ethiopia announced a few days ago that the second filling phase of the Renaissance Dam will take place on schedule in the next rainy season, and has expressed its willingness to exchange information about the filling process with Egypt and Sudan.
Egypt rejected the Ethiopian offer as “contradicting the decisions of the African summits, which were held on the issue of the Renaissance Dam, which emphasized the need to reach a legally binding agreement on filling and operating the dam.”
The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, stated that any exchange of information regarding the Renaissance Dam must come within the framework of a binding legal agreement.
Egypt and Sudan had announced the failure of the last round of negotiations on the Renaissance Dam, which was held in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and statements issued indicated that accusations were exchanged between the parties concerned and no agreement was reached on the resumption of negotiations.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi warned against compromising Egypt’s share of the Nile water, pointing to Egypt’s openness to all options.
The United States expressed its readiness to provide aid to Ethiopia, with the aim of solving the Renaissance Dam crisis. In a statement Friday, April 9, the White House said that US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, Demiky Mekonnen, and assured him of the importance of continuing regional dialogue to resolve the dispute related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile.
While Ethiopia comments on the Grand Renaissance Dam on economic development and power generation, Egypt fears that the dam threatens its supplies from the Nile, and Sudan is concerned about the impact on its water flows.