The talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will continue in a short time, Ethiopian Ambassador to Cairo announced on Wednesday. The ambassador mentioned in a press conference that the talks, held between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, will resume to conclude with a satisfactory result for all parties. The process will be backed by the African Union.
Ambassador Markos Tekle Rike also mentioned that Ethiopia has extended the date to fill GERD so that downstream countries will not be affected by it. Additionally, Rike underlined Ethiopia’s transparency in the process and emphasized the importance of a peaceful solution.
On the suggestion of Sudan concerning a quartet commission including the African Union, the UN, the EU, and the US, the ambassador said that this took only place in the media and that no official suggestion was made by Sudan.
The statement by the ambassador followed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s expressions the day before the press conference. El-Sisi highlighted that ‘’share of water is a red light for Egypt’’ and a conflict concerning this may lead to instability for the entire region.