Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have reached a consensus to continue the trilateral technical discussions on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
The three countries reached the agreement following the meeting hosted by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and the President of the World Bank in Washington DC, yesterday.
“The Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Sudan reaffirmed their joint commitment to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable, and mutually beneficial agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam,” said a joint statement issued after the meeting
It further said the three countries also agreed to establish a clear process for fulfilling that commitment in accordance with the 2015 Declaration of Principles.
They agreed to hold four technical governmental meetings at the level of water ministers in attendance of the World Bank and the United States as observers.
The Minister also agreed to work toward completion of an agreement by January 15, 2020 and would attend two meetings in Washington, DC on December 9 and January 13, 2020 to assess and support progress.
“If an agreement is not reached by January 15, 2020, the Foreign Ministers agree that Article 10 of the 2015 Declaration of Principles will be invoked,” the joint statement indicted.
The Foreign Ministers also reaffirmed the significance of the Nile to the development of the people of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, the importance of transboundary cooperation, and their shared interests in concluding an agreement.
The foreign ministers of the three countries also met with President Donald Trump to discuss the GERD.
President Trump on Twitter said: