Negotiations on Renaissance Dam in Washington went well

Delegations from Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan met in Washington on Wednesday around President Donald Trump to continue discussions over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The meeting was extended to the US Secretary of the Treasury and the President of the World Bank.

President Trump said in a tweet that “the meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, one of the largest in the world,” went well and discussions will continue during the day.

The ministers of Foreign Affairs of the three countries reaffirmed their joint commitment to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable, and mutually beneficial agreement on the filling and operation of the dam and to establish a clear process for fulfilling that commitment in accordance with the 2015 Declaration of Principles.

They also noted their agreement to hold four technical governmental meetings at the level of water ministers.

The World Bank and the United States would support and attend the meetings as observers.

The ministers also agreed to work toward completion of an agreement by January 15, 2020, and would attend two meetings in Washington, D.C. on December 9, 2019 and January 13, 2020, to assess progress made.

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