Egypt says new meeting on Nile dam dispute to be held in Washington

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-04 06:30:45|Editor: yan
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CAIRO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Egypt said Tuesday that a new trilateral meeting on the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be held in Washington on Dec. 9.

Irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will attend the meeting to evaluate the results of the first and second rounds of talks on the dam, the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation said in a statement.

The statement was issued after a two-day meeting of the irrigation ministers that ended Tuesday in Cairo, during which they discussed solutions to the differences on the filling and operating of the dam, the statement said.

A representative of the World Bank and a U.S. official also attended the Cairo meeting, which was the second of four rounds of negotiations that will end in Washington on Jan. 15, 2020.

A meeting was held in Ethiopia on Nov. 15-16 to discuss the outcomes of the first meeting.

Ethiopia started building the GERD in 2011, but Egypt, a downstream country that relies heavily on the Nile for water, is concerned that the dam might affect its share of the water resources.