PRESS RELEASE ON THE TRIPARTITE FOLLOW-UPMEETING OF MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND MINISTERS OF WATER AFFAIRS ON THE GERD
FDRE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND MINISTRY OF WATER, IRRIGATION AND ENERGY
Addis Ababa (November 19, 2020)
The follow-up trilateral ministerial virtual meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Water Affairs of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan is held on November 19, 2020. The meeting is convened by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the AU Executive Council.
The Ministers discussed the next course of action in resuming the negotiation. Understanding is reached on the need to continue the negotiation on the first filling and annual operation rules of the GERD. Although the delegation of Sudan conditioned its participation on the alteration of the format of the negotiation, the Chairperson of the Executive Council concluded the meeting urging the Parties to produce a text that can be presented to the meeting of heads of states and governments.
The trilateraltechnical meeting is expected to resumeunder the chairmanship of the Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Affairs of Ethiopia.