Sudan ‘defends’ Ethiopia over second filling of Grand Renaissance Dam as Egypt raises concerns
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The prime minister has called on the US to remove Khartoum from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. PHOTO | EBRAHIM HAMID | AFP
Nairobi, Kenya – Authorities in Khartoum may have changed their minds about the controversial filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam [GERD] along the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, something that could give the conflict a new dimension.
A Sudanese official said on Sunday that no drop in the water level of the Blue Nile has been observed, despite Ethiopia having begun work on the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, despite complaints from Egypt that water levels along the Nile are falling. used to be.
“Since April, the Al-Daim station on the border with Ethiopia has not measured any drop in the daily water level coming from the Ethiopian plateau to Sudan,” Hamid Mohamed Ali, director of Sudan’s Al-Rusaires Dam, said in a statement. .
“Although Ethiopia has started the second fill of the GERD, daily water amounts are stable,” he noted.
But Ali stressed that despite the start of the second filling of the GERD in Ethiopia, a legal and binding agreement has still to be signed regarding the filling and operation of the dam. The Nile is an important source of livelihood in northern Africa.
Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia have been discussing for years, under the umbrella of the African Union, the technical and legal issues related to the filling and functioning of the GERD.
On Monday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed congratulated Ethiopians on the successful completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, arguing it is an important milestone in the country’s quest to generate more power.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated that Ethiopia is in a better position to remain resilient across all sectors of the engagement. He campaigned on the fire front for the completion of the project that attracted international attention.
The reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam [GERD] has reached a skipped water level after completion of the second filling process. Egypt in particular was dissatisfied with the project.