GERD’s filling causes no harm on Egypt: Egyptian FM

BY TEWODROS KASSA

ADDIS ABABA- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that the second round filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will not have any impact on Egypt.

Sameh Shoukry told Egyptian MPs that: “We imagine that the GERD will not cause damage to Egypt.”

“I say this from a purely technical point of view,” he stressed.

The Foreign Minister further said that a high Nile flood scenario this summer will help contain any possible problems.

Addressing MPs on GERD Egyptian Foreign Minister said Thursday that Egypt’s High Dam and its water reservoir will allow the country to absorb any impact of the second filling of GERD.

“A high Nile water flood will help us refill the Aswan Dam’s reservoir.”

 Addis Ababa University Professor of Political Science and International Relations and researcher on Nile Water Prof. Yacob Arsano said that Ethiopia have been repeatedly telling that GERD will not have any impact on the downstream countries.

Recently, Ethiopia invited experts to make clear that GERD will not harm any downstream countries; however Egypt and Sudan rejected to assign delegates.

As to Prof. Yakob Arsano, Egypt and Sudan’s invitation to appoint experts before the second round Dam filling witnessed Ethiopia’s great diplomatic success.

The Ethiopian Herald 17 April 2021

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