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Egyptian minister to visit Sudan to discuss Renaissance Dam

Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Ati, is scheduled to visit Sudan to discuss Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam, local media reported.

Abdel Ati's visit to Khartoum comes after Cairo yesterday rejected Khartoum's request to negotiate directly about the disputed Halayeb and Shalateen region, prompting Sudan to hint that it will resort to international arbitration to solve the dispute.

The Egyptian official is due to meet with the Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity, Moataz Mosa.

In March last year, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia signed a Declaration of Principles over the Renaissance Dam in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, allowing Ethiopia to complete the construction of the dam while conducting studies to protect the three countries' water quotas.

Egypt fears the dam will affect its annual share of water from the Nile which is equivalent to nearly 55.5 billion cubic metres while Ethiopia insists the dam will help generate power without harming Sudan and Egypt.


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