ADDIS ABABA, A tripartite meeting of the foreign affairs and water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt is underway in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to tackle yet unresolved issues relating the Nile water flows as a resulting of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project on the Blue Nile, among other matters involving the three countries.

The meeting, which began in the Sudanese capital Thursday, is based on the agreements reached by the leaders of the three countries when they met in Addis Ababa in January, on the sidelines of the annual African Union (AU) summit of heads of State and government.

The leaders had set directions to establish an infrastructure development fund covering the three riparian countries through road and railway links to make them benefit from trade and investment.

In parallel with these efforts, the leaders also agreed to provide resolution to still unresolved issues related to the GERD project, which is set to become the largest hydro-electric dam in Africa.

Accordingly, this week’s meeting in Khartoum will focus on the process of completing the dam and its operations.

During the discussion, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the tripartite discussion would be held in a spirit of co-operation and understanding. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will not be a cause of conflict but co-operation, he stressed.

Source: Nam News Network