Irrigation Minister Renews Call for Expanding Umbrella of Negotiations on Renaissance Dam
The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Prof. Yasser Abbas, Wednesday discussed in his office with the Chinese and Moroccan Ambassadors to Khartoum file of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the latest developments in negotiations between Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt.
During his meeting with the Ambassador of China via video conference, the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources reiterated the need to reach a binding legal agreement on the Renaissance Dam before next July.
The minister explained to the Chinese Ambassador the dangers posed by Ethiopia’s announcement on the start of the second filling of the dam unilaterally in next July, even without an agreement or exchange of information, indicating that the Ethiopian decision directly affects the Rossaires Dam and all life in the Blue Nile State.
The minister also reviewed Sudan proposal to expand the umbrella of the African mediation by including the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.
The meeting also discussed Chinese investment projects in Sudan and the need to revitalize them, especially in the field of drinking water and irrigation. The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources held a similar meeting with the Ambassador of Morocco to Khartoum, and discussed, in addition to the issue of the Renaissance Dam, the historical bilateral relations between Sudan and Morocco.