Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi confirmed that Sudan and Egypt agreed on the need to reach a binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam, while her Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen accused Egypt and Sudan of obstructing the progress of negotiations.
During a seminar in Doha, Al-Mahdi said that the Sudanese and Egyptian visions met recently on the need to reach a comprehensive and binding legal agreement to fill and operate the Renaissance Dam.
She indicated the divergent positions of the three countries regarding the dam, stressing her country’s rejection of the military option to solve the dam crisis and its preference for political solutions.
Mekonnen – who is Deputy Prime Minister – added that what he described as the enemies of Ethiopia are working hard to prevent the dam from being completed, by spreading false news and speculation about it.
For his part, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Sileshi Bekele said that Egypt and Sudan are obstructing the progress of negotiations within the framework of the African Union, and they always come with unrelated reasons, as he put it.
Bekele also accused Egypt and Sudan of boycotting the negotiations headed by the South African president 7 times.
The Ethiopian minister confirmed that his country will proceed with the second mobilization without any problem in the current rainy season.
This comes after Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that his country sought to reach an agreement that takes into account joint ownership in the Nile River, without touching the political will on the Ethiopian side to sign the agreement that was drafted in Washington.
On witnessed the Doha Tuesday, meeting the of of Council the League of Arab States at the ministerial level in its extraordinary session, where the agreed Arab foreign ministers that the water security of Egypt and Sudan is an integral part of Arab national security, expressing their rejection of any action or measure that affects their rights in the Nile waters.