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El-Sisi Expected To Meet Ethiopia And Sudan Leaders On AU Summit

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Egypt's foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in press statements on Thursday that Egypt receives its information on Ethiopia’s controversial Renaissance Dam through coordination with Khartoum and Addis Ababa, not media reports.

"We coordinate with Sudan and Ethiopia according to the [December] framework which stipulates all the technical and political issues of the dam," Abu Zeid said.

Egypt is concerned that the designated plan for the dam might affect its 55 billion cubic-metre share of Nile water, but Ethiopia insists the dam will not cause harm to any Nile Basin country.

Ethiopia says the dam is mainly aimed at generating power, as only 10 percent of the country’s population have consistent electricity service.

Egypt is negotiating with Ethiopia over the timeline set by Addis Ababa for filling the dam.

Earlier this week, Egypt’s irrigation minister Hossam Moghazi said that Cairo "would not leave the future of the country's water resources in the hands of anyone who would put them at risk, whether inside or outside the region."

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan recently agreed on naming two French consultancy firms to conduct studies on the possible impact of the dam on the downriver countries. The Artelia and BRL firms are set to complete the studies in 11 months.

Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to attend the African Union Summit by the end of this month in Ethiopia, where tripartite talks will take place with his Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts over the dam issue.