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GERD second filling not a problem, says Egypt

Egypt wants to see change in the role of international observers in the African Union led negotiation when it starts again although it has changed its position regarding GERD second filling 

GERD project before the Second filling (Photo : ENA)

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Egypt and Sudan have been insisting for a binding agreement with Ethiopia before GERD Second filling which is scheduled to take place in the rainy months of July and August. Ethiopia has been rejecting the requirement to sign a binding agreement for the upcoming filing saying that it violates the agreement in the Declaration of Principles which was signed in 2015. 

As it turns out, Egypt is changing its stand in that regard.  Egyptian Foreign Minister ,Sameh Shoukry, said GERD Second filing will not have a negative impact on Egyptian water supply. 

In an interview with Egyptian TV host, Nashat al-Dehi, Mr. Shoukry said “We have confidence that the second filling of the dam will not affect Egyptian interests,” as reported by Egypt Independent. 

Egypt is thinking in terms of what he called “tight” water management in the country. Sudan has not yet reacted to the remark by Egyptian Foreign Minister about Ethiopia’s upcoming filling.  So too Ethiopia. 

However, Egypt does seem to hope for a change in the role of international observers in the AU-led negotiation. 

Egypt Independent quoted the Foreign Minister as saying “Egypt is awaiting an invitation from the Presidency of the African Union to hold the Union’s office in the presence of the parties to make a decision that will lead to another opportunity to the negotiation process, through a new framework that involves more effective participation by international observers, which will contribute to converging views together to develop solutions towards reaching an agreement.”

The last round of the negotiation between the three countries (Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan) in early April failed after Egypt and Sudan pushed for changing the role of international observers namely the United States, United Nations and the European Union. 

African Union current chairman, Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, recently visited the three countries to meet with authorities to discuss the next step of the negotiation.  

Ethiopia aims to hold 13.8 billion cubic meters of water during the GERD Second filing – which is said to be adequate to start initial hydroelectric power with two turbines. 

Meanwhile, Ethiopia on Wednesday announced that it has completed installation of a 650 kilometers long power transmission line for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. 

It stretches from the project site at Guba to the central power station in Holeta. In terms of project completion, the civil part of the construction has reached about 91.8 percent according  to information from the Water, Irrigation and Energy Ministry.  However, the electromechanical aspect of the project is still at 54.5 percent. 

The overall project progress is said to be 80 percent completed. Ethiopia is working on to start power generation as early as the rainy seasons of July and August following GERD second filing. 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. It is not what they say, it is what they do that matters. I would not sleep just because egypt or sudan ” say” they are ok with ethiopia

  2. There you go!!! Good boy Shoukry! Keep up the good work! You see, those Allah Blessed black folks never wanted to do harm to their neighbors! But neighbors were the ones who tried to destroy them so many times before. Their presence is the reason for the survival of their neighbors. Their mighty rivers have been the means of existence for those around them and free of charge. What can I say? They are inherently so generous people.

  3. The Despicable leaders of Egypt, Sudan, El Sisi, and Abdalla Hamdok are embarrassing figures, sadly to say, in the history of African leadership, if they call themselves Africans? I absolutely have no issues with the people of Sudan, I strongly believe the people of Sudan are discent and GOD fearing people and the true brothers and sisters of Ethiopians, I love them dearly. However, the current leadership of Abdala Hamdok is a sellout and a personal servant of El Sisi the degenerate.
    The people of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian government should not trust, believe the words of these two evil jealous Hamdok and El Sisi. A little over a month ago, Egypt’s and Sudan’s airforces war aircraft were practicing and exercising jointly, threatening ETHIOPIA and beating the drum of all-out war. A little over a month ago, the leader of Egypt the degenerate El Sisi cowardly and wickedly spoke of and announced in front of the world, to engulf the entire region with an all-out war and threaten to distabilize Africa. Now, all of a sudden the tough-talking Egyptian foreign minister spoke very softly saying “the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam does not affect Egypt’s water supply” really! really! How did that happen? what changed? is the change in your head? or was there new graduates of Egyptian engineers that configured the secret of the Pharaos crooked mindset. Now, all of a sudden Abdalla Hamdok is saying ” we don’t want war with Ethiopia, or with anyone else, it dangerous for the region and to the world blah….blah…blah” what are these guys smoking? Egypt and Sudan were trying to do a mafia-style shakedown on ETHIOPIA, what mishap! what flagrant mistake by Egypt and Sudan, trying to shakedown the unshakeable.

    GOD BLESS MOTHERLAND ETHIOPIA AND HER PEOPLE WHEREVER WE MAYBE

  4. Egupt has long relations with their masters ,invluding Turkey, that is where Al Qaeda, Isis, Daesh, etc created to destroy iraq, lybia, syria, yemen and next will be Iran. Of course, Egypt, with their support will come out to win.

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