On Saturday, the Egyptian water ministry said that no tangible progress has been made in the tripartite talks over the controversial <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/egypt-in-right-path-in-presenting-gerd-case-before-unsc\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam<\/a> (GERD).\r\n\r\nIn a statement, the ministry said that there are still "fundamental differences at the technical and legal levels" between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the filling of the dam\r\n\r\nThe talks over the mega dam, being built by Ethiopia on the Nile River, were resumed Friday via video conference under the African Union mediation.\r\n\r\n"It has been agreed to continue the discussions on Saturday with the same mechanism in the presence of observers and experts," the Egyptian ministry added.\r\n\r\nEgypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed late in June to form a committee of legal and technical experts from the three countries to finalize a binding agreement on the rules of filling and operating the GERD.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-135886" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/07\/egypt-640x401-1.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="401" \/>\r\n\r\nThe three countries have also agreed to refrain from taking any unilateral actions before reaching an agreement.\r\n\r\nOn June 20, Egypt submitted a request to the United Nations Security Council over the GERD, calling on the UN body to intervene "to emphasize the importance for Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to continue negotiations with good will."\r\n\r\nSince June 9, the three countries have been holding regular video meetings to discuss the issues in the presence of observers from the United States, the EU Commission and South Africa.\r\n\r\nOver the past few years, tripartite talks on the rules of filling and operating the <a href="https:\/\/enterprise.press\/stories\/2020\/06\/30\/egypt-pushes-flor-un-security-council-resolution-on-gerd-17827\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">grand hydropower dam<\/a>, including those hosted by Washington, have been fruitless.\r\n\r\nEthiopia started building the GERD in 2011, while Egypt, a downstream Nile Basin country that relies on the river for its freshwater, is concerned that the dam might affect its 55.5-billion-cubic-meter annual share of the water resources of the river.\r\n\r\nThe GERD, when completed will become Africa\u2019s largest hydroelectric project, has been a source of tension in the Nile basin. Ethiopia started construction of the dam a decade back. Since then, the project is mired in controversies and disputes.\r\n\r\nEthiopia says that the UNSC does not have any jurisdiction over the project, since it is merely a development one and not infringing the sovereignty of any country. Addis Ababa decided to start filling the reservoir in July. In the meantime, Cairo sees the renaissance dam as a threat to international security, while\r\n\r\nSudan fears its negative impact on its population. The Nile supply both water and electricity to the 10 countries through their territories the river passes through.