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May 18, 2018

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Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia agree study of contentious Nile dam

ADDIS ABABA: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to set up a scientific committee to study a dam Ethiopia is building on a tributary of the Nile, an Ethiopian minister said Thursday. The announcement broke a long impasse in a dispute over Egyptian fears that the $4-billion (3.2-billion-euro) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, being built on the Blue Nile, will affect the river´s downstream flows. The three countries´ foreign and irrigation ministers, as well as heads of intelligence, met in Addis Ababa on Tuesday to discuss the scheme. The meeting concluded on Wednesday at 3:00 am on a “high note”, said Sileshi Bekele, minister of energy, irrigation and electricity. “We managed to actually find a number of win-win approaches,” he told reporters in Addis Ababa. Previous rounds of talks had ended acrimoniously. The project will feed a reservoir for a hydroelectric scheme producing 6,000 megawatts of power, equal to six nuclear-powered plants.

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