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Egypt and Ethiopia Agree to Avoid Clash over Huge Nile River Dam

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Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2018, 02:10

Abiy traveled to Egypt from Uganda where he received "The Pearl of Africa Grand Medal" Award from Ugandan President Yoweri museveni on Heroes, a national holiday in the country, "for his reconciliatory leadership in achieving peace & stability in Ethiopia & for extending Olive Branch to #Eritrea", as tweeted by his chief of staff Fitsum Arega.

At the news conference, Sisi asked Ahmed to swear to God before the Egyptian people that he will not hurt Egypt's share of the Nile.

El-Sissi said that both countries sought a final agreement over the Renaissance Dam that would "secure" Egypt's fair share of Nile waters, while also aiding Ethiopia's development.

In March 2015, the leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed an initial cooperation deal on the principles of sharing the Nile River water and the construction of the GERD.

Ali's visit came three weeks after a breakthrough in the talks was seen during a nine-member trilateral ministerial meeting, held in Addis Ababa in mid-May, which comprised the ministers of foreign affairs, those of water resources and the heads of intelligence services of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

On May 16, the irrigation ministers of all three countries that share the Nile agreed to establish a scientific study group on how the dam would be filled and agreed to hold meetings every six months on the matter.

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Ethiopia hopes that the Grand Renaissance Dam, now under construction near the Ethiopia-Sudan border can transform it into a key energy hub in Africa.

"Cairo's weak hand and inability to gain sufficient leverage over Addis Ababa will force it to coordinate dam operations if it wishes to have input on future Nile River projects", it said.

Ahmed, speaking in his native Amharic language, said Ethiopia was committed to ensuring Egypt's share of Nile water.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (R) meets with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali in Cairo, Egypt, on June 10, 2018.

Sudan appears to be taking Ethiopia's side in the negotiations, and has revived a longstanding border dispute with Egypt.