The trilateral negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and the Sudan on filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam


The Ministry of irrigation and Water Resources
Press statement

The trilateral negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and the Sudan on filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam, continued today, under the supervision of South Africa, the current chair of the African Union, and in the attendance of representatives from the African Union Council of Member states, observers from South Africa, the United States of America, the European Union as well as a team of experts from the African Union.

In the session the views of the three countries on the issues of differences, both legal and technical, were reviewed along with the observations made by each side on what the two other states submitted.

While discussing the legal questions, the Sudanese delegation has renewed its position which stresses that concluded agreement should be binding and that it should not be linked to agreement on water sharing. It also stressed that the need to agree on a comprehensive mechanism for resolution of any differences rising about the agreement.

On the technical aspect, the Sudan is of the view that the remaining differences are limited and it is possible to reach an agreement about them. It also stressed that concluding an agreement requires more efforts and political will.
The meetings will continue through tomorrow, Sunday, the 5th of July 2020, via bilateral meetings comprising one state and the team of observers and experts

Press and Public Relations Department
4 July 2020