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Japan Encourages Dialogue on GERD

Sun 03 Sep 2023 | 10:25 PM
the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
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Senior Japanese official Takada Katsunobu, said on Sunday, that he encourages dialogue and exchange of views on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

During a press conference, Katsunobu confirmed that the Japanese side calls on all parties to discuss the process of filling and operation of GERD through diplomatic channels.

It is worth mentioning that, Egypt's Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Dr. Hani Sweilem stressed, last week, the importance of reaching a legally binding agreement on the filling and operating of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), taking into account the interests and concerns of the three countries.

A new round of negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan kicked off on Sunday in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

"The continuation of filling and operating the dam in the absence of an agreement is a violation of the Declaration of Principles agreement signed in 2015," the minister said.

Moreover, he added that Cairo is exerting maximum efforts to make the negotiation process a success, believing that the availability of many technical and legal solutions would serve the interests of the three countries and help reach the desired agreement.