Talks between the three countries whose water supplies will be affected with the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia met in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum. Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan met to resolve differences over the dam Ethiopia is building for a mega hydro project. The talks ended early without agreement.
Egypt fears the dam will reduce waters that run to its fields from the Nile and reservoirs from Ethiopia’s highlands via Sudan. For its part, Ethiopia denies the dam will undermine Egypt’s access to water. Ties between Egypt and Sudan were strained when Khartoum backed the dam because of its need for electricity.
“We were not able to reach an agreement on a joint decision, and it’s a technical issue that we cannot discuss,” Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters after the talks. Ghandour said the talks on the dam on the Blue Nile were constructive and important, but more time was needed, according to Khartoum’s state news agency SUNA.