Ethiopia’s irrigation minister has invited his Egyptian counterpart to the capital of Addis Ababa for further talks on Monday, in hopes of ending a political impasse between the two Nile countries over a proposed hydroelectric dam.
Egypt’s irrigation minister Mohamed Abdel-Motteleb will go to Addis Ababa on Monday, but has already said that Egypt is not ready to compromise on its previous stance to the Ethiopian dam project.
Ahead of the talks, however, Abdel-Motteleb announced that Egypt’s position on Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam “is fixed,” a harbinger that Monday’s negotiations may not offer the kind of compromise that Ethiopia may be hoping for.
According to Al-Ahram, Motteleb said that Ethiopia could still achieve economic prosperity without impeding upon Egypt’s access to the Nile.
When completed, the $4.2 billion dam will be the largest in Africa and number 10 in the world in terms of electricity production. Continue to read on ahram