On Thursday, the Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Selesi Bekele held talks with President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, noting that his country bears no intention in harming Sudan or Egypt through its construction of its grand hydroelectric dam.
The Ethiopian minister conveyed to the President of South Sudan a message from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
According to the Ethiopian News Agency, the talks dealt with the ongoing border dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia.
The talk also handled the upcoming general elections in Ethiopia, in addition to the Renaissance Dam’s ongoing construction.
Selesi said that Ethiopia has no intention in harming Sudan or Egypt by building the Renaissance Dam.
“Instead, Ethiopia will focus on its development,” he added.
The Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation said that preparations are underway in Ethiopia to hold democratic elections.
He also affirmed that his country’s government is also working on resolving disputes across the country.
The Renaissance Dam, built in northwestern Ethiopia near the border with Sudan on the Blue Nile, has been a source of tension between the three countries since its foundation stone was laid in April 2011.
The Renaissance Dam is expected to become the largest hydroelectric power source in Africa, with a 6,500 megawatts expected capacity.
Sudan and Egypt demand a binding legal agreement be reached before initiating the dam’s second filling next July.
Sudan says that it resorted to the Quartet mediation offer, which Egypt also agreed to.
Sudan asserts that about 20 million of its citizens living on the Blue Nile face danger if the Renaissance Dam is operated without unilateral agreement.