Ethiopia Asserts Commitment to Coordinate with Egypt through GERD Negotiations

Ethiopia Asserts Commitment to Coordinate with Egypt through GERD Negotiations

Ethiopia parliamentary speaker Abadula Gemeda meets with an Egyptian delegation following news of preparations to store water in the GERD

(Daily News Egypt)―Ethiopia parliament speaker Abadula Gemeda asserted on Saturday his country’s commitment to coordinate with Egypt, whether through areas of joint cooperation or negotiations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to Egypt’s state-owned broadcaster.

This came during Abadula Gemeda’s meeting with an Egyptian delegation in Addis Ababa, headed by Egypt’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Abubakar Hefni Mahmoud, during which they discussed bilateral relations.

Abadula Gemeda explained that Ethiopia would not “build its development and prosperity at the expense of any of the people of the region, including the Egyptian people,” asserting that integrity and constructive dialogue between the two countries would achieve mutual benefits without harming any party.

Meanwhile, Mahmoud stressed on the importance of enhancing bilateral affairs between the two countries.

The meeting came a few days after Egyptian local media reported that water abundance was seen in front of the GERD, which Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation explained to be a result of the high level of construction, leading to the formation of a lake.

The ministry further explained in a statement that the amount of water flooding would not affect Egypt’s water security level.

The period of storage would determine the amount of effect of the GERD on Egypt, water resources expert Diaa Al-Din Al-Qousi explained to Daily News Egypt.

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