Feb 092014

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

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