Foreign Ministry: GERD negotiations wrapped up in Washington
Friday، 14 February 2020 - 01:12 PM
Negotiations on the rules regulating the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have been wrapped up in Washington after talks that brought together the ministers of foreign affairs and irrigation of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
The talks were sponsored by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and attended by representatives of the World Bank.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the negotiations discussed the coordination mechanism among the three countries that would be responsible for following up the implementation of the deal on filling and operating the dam.
The talks also touched on the items specifying technical data and information that shall be circulated to verify the implementation of the agreement, the statement added.
The agenda of the meetings also included provisions related to the dam’s safety, means of dealing with relevant emergency situations and a binding mechanism for resolving any disputes that may arise over the interpretation or application of this agreement.
The US side announced that it would formulate the agreement in its final form in cooperation with the World Bank and would submit it to the three countries within the coming few days in order to finalize and sign the agreement before the end of February.
The statement asserted that Egypt highly appreciates the role played by the US administration, particularly the treasury secretary, as well as the great interest shown by President Donald Trump, which it said led to a comprehensive agreement that serves the interests of the three countries.
Cairo also commended the World Bank’s role in supporting the negotiations.