Ethiopian and Sudanese foreign ministers visit Cairo

Ethiopian and Sudanese foreign ministers arrive at Cairo for two-day long visit to discuss Ethiopian dam on the Nile

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The foreign ministers of Ethiopia and Sudan, Tedros Adhanom and Ahmed Kirti, have met in Cairo for new talks over an Ethiopian dam being built on the Blue Nile.

The foreign ministers will head delegations representing their respective countries on a visit to Egypt for two days, during which they will participate in trilateral meetings, according to the Middle East News Agency.

The ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt will also discuss ways to boost cooperation between the three countries, according to Anadolu Agency.

Construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam began in April 2011. Egypt and Sudan have expressed concern over the effects the ban will have on their water reserves. The dam will be 170 meters high, and 1,800 meters long.

Egypt voiced concerns that the project could lead to a permanent lowering of the water level in Lake Nasser if the Nile floods are restrained by Ethiopia’s Dam instead of the Aswan High Dam.

That would also reduce the ability of the Aswan High Dam to produce hydropower by the tune of a 100 MW loss of generating capacity per a 3 meter reduction of the water level, according to the Al Jazeera’s documentary “Death on the Nile.”

TRTWorld and agencies