Ethiopia FM arrives in Sudan to prepare for dam summit

KHARTOUM (AA) – Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom on Saturday arrived in Sudanese capital Khartoum to prepare for a summit between the leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

The three leaders are expected to sign an agreement in principle on a Nile dam now being built by Ethiopia. The trilateral summit is scheduled for Monday.

“Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister arrived in Khartoum accompanied by 18 officials and experts to prepare for the summit,” an Ethiopian source told The Anadolu Agency.

Earlier Saturday, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that the foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia had reached an understanding on a draft agreement, pertaining to Ethiopia’s Nile dam.

It added that the leaders of the three states were expected to sign an agreement in principle regarding Ethiopia’s dam during the Khartoum summit on Monday.

Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam has been at the center of a diplomatic row between Cairo and Addis Ababa for several months.

While Ethiopia views the multibillion-dollar dam as a prerequisite for economic development, Egypt fears the project will lead to a marked reduction in its Nile water supply.

A committee of ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan convened several times in Sudan and Ethiopia to discuss the dam’s potential impact on downstream states.

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