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Sudan participates in Southern Nile Basin countries meetings in Addis Ababa

Sudan, represented by the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, is participating in the Southern Nile Basin countries meetings held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Sudan affirmed its keenness and openness to cooperation and coordination with the member states of the Nile Basin through their various names.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Professor Yasser Abbas, headed this morning, Wednesday to Addis Ababa, to participate in the no. 24 Southern Nile Basin periodic meetings in Addis Ababa, with the participation of the ministers of irrigation and water resources for those countries.

 Sudan is part of a group of Southern Nile Basin countries, a group that holds periodic meetings that involve countries such as South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.

The group aims to cooperate and coordinate between its members the exchange of common benefits for the peoples of the region and the achievement of economic and social development in their countries.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Irrigation, the meetings will discuss the adoption of the new budget for the projects that took place in the southern Nile countries, and the future work plan.

The meeting’s conclusion will witness the Democratic Republic of Congo receiving the presidency of the new session, taking over from the current president, Ethiopia.

Meeting Amid Tensions

In a press statement before heading to Addis Ababa, Yasser Abbas affirmed Sudan’s keenness and openness to cooperation and coordination with the member states of the Nile Basin, to benefit from the water resources in the basin on a fair basis and in accordance with the principles of international water law so as not to cause harm to any of the other basin countries.

He pointed out that there are many opportunities in the Nile Basin countries in the field of joint water projects that can contribute to increasing the rates of economic and social development for the peoples of the basin.

The meeting comes at a time when the Renaissance Dam file is still witnessing tensions between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia.

The Renaissance Dam issue has been stumbling since the last round of negotiations held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the current chair of the African Union, in April, during which a partial agreement was put forward, which Sudan agreed to according provided specific conditions are met.

Ethiopia insists on the second filling of the dam next July unilaterally and without a comprehensive tripartite agreement, while Sudan and Egypt adhere to a fair agreement before starting to fill.

Sudanese-Egyptian consultations and coordination are taking place at a high level in order to reach a solution to the escalating dam issue.

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