Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have agreed to resume negotiations, in which the United States and the World Bank would participate as observers on the filling of the controversial River Nile.
In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, 6 November 2019, in Washington DC, the ministers — Sameh Hassan Shoukry of Egypt, Gedu Andargachew of Ethiopia and Asma Mohamed Abdalla of Sudan — noted the significance of the Nile to the development of the people of their countries, and “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 (GERD).
The three countries reached the agreement, following talks hosted by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and the President of the World Bank in Washington DC, on Wednesday.
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 ministers also agreed to work toward completion of an agreement by 15 January 2020 and would attend two meetings in Washington on December 9 and 13 January 2020 to assess and support the progress.
“If an agreement is not reached by 15 January 2020, the Foreign Ministers agree that Article 10 of the 2015 Declaration of Principles will be invoked,” the joint statement indicated.