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GERD's Agreement: Is it near or still faraway?

GERD's Agreement: Is it near or still faraway?

USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a press conference Tuesday 2/18/2020 in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, that it could be months before the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is resolved. He added that "a great deal of work remains, but I'm optimistic that over the coming months we can resolve this". Pompeo was on a three-nation Africa tour that also included Senegal and Angola before he was scheduled to head to the Middle East.

Pompeo's statements came as a surprise considering that only a few days before, following the conclusion of the latest round of negotiations in Washington on 12 and 13 February, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a join statement issued by Egypt, Ethiopian and Sudan, the US Department of the Treasury and the World Bank had said that “The United States, with technical support from the World Bank, has agreed to facilitate the preparation of the final agreement for consideration by the ministers and heads of state for conclusion by the end of the month”.

On Saturday 2/22/2020 , Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received Hailemariam Desalegn, special envoy to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and former prime minister in Cairo (Photo Courtesy of Egyptian Presidency).

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed commitment to the success of negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) under Washington’s sponsorship, a statement by the presidency read on Saturday. He added that a near agreement between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the filling and operation of GERD would secure a balance between all involved parties , and would open new aspects for cooperation, coordination and development between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Feb 24, 2020 8:59 pm GMT

Fortunately , it has been announced Today 2/24/2020 , that a final draft agreement has been concluded. Negotiation teams have been invited to attend the last round of the US-brokered negotiations sloted for next Thursday and Friday in Washington DC.

This answes my question by : Yes , it is so near . Thanks to God.

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Matt Chester on Feb 24, 2020 10:33 pm GMT

So with it in final draft agreement, that means that signing it is just a formality? Or is there any risk left?

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Feb 25, 2020 12:09 pm GMT

Yes it is just a formality.

Thanks for interest, Matt.

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Feb 26, 2020 7:10 pm GMT

UPDATE INFORMATION  WEDNESDAY 2/26/2020

  • Egypt has said it is committed to the course of US-sponsored negotiations on Ethiopia's disputed Nile dam project after Addis Ababa said it would not take part in what was due to be the final round of talks to resolve the years-long crisis.
  • The Ethiopian water ministry said earlier on Wednesday that Addis Ababa will not take part in talks with Egypt and Sudan scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Washington, as it "has not completed its discussions with domestic stakeholders" on the dam. It said it had briefed the US treasury about the decision.

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