Upon an invitation from His Excellency Mr. Steven Mnuchin, the Secretary of the U.S Department
Upon an invitation from His Excellency Mr. Steven Mnuchin, the Secretary of the U.S Department of the Treasury – the delegation of the Government of Sudan headed by Her Excellency Ms. Asma Mohamed Abdalla, Minister of Foreign Affairs including His Excellency Prof. Yasir Abbas, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, and the accompanying team of experts, arrived in Washington DC on February 26, 2020.
The Ethiopian delegation requested postponement of this round of negotiations for further internal consultation. Sudan delegation has been engaged in this round of meeting bilaterally with the team from the U.S. Treasury, on February 27 & 28, 2020.
The delegation of Sudan presented its comments on the draft agreement, which have been incorporated by the U.S. Treasury team. However, it is worth noting that this draft of agreement is based on previous rounds of negotiations started since 2015.
Sudan reaffirms its commitment to the negotiation process in order to reach a comprehensive agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which preserves the interests of the three countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan).
Sudan also emphasizes the importance of reaching a comprehensive agreement including safe operation of the GERD prior to commencing of the initial filling.
Sudan is committed to finalize a comprehensive agreement on the filling and operation of the GERD which enhances future cooperative development and integration among the three countries.
Ministry of irrigation and water resources