Officials of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are assembled in Washington to hold talks to resolve the controversial Nile dam dispute. The Grand Renaissance dam is currently under construction in the northern part of Ethiopia and will become the largest hydroelectric power station of the continent when completed.
However, there is a dark side to the story too. Egyptian people, 80% relies on Nile River water for agriculture and other purposes. The construction of the Grand Renaissance dam has prompted fears that it will greatly affect its already limited water supply.
The United States has offered to mediate to resolve the water war and now officials of the trio countries congregated in Washington. President Trump offered his support for Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan’s continuing talks so they can reach on a collaborative deal. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi thanked US President for supporting trilateral negotiations on the Nile dam dispute.
Earlier, Egypt and Ethiopia crunch talks on the issue that saw no progress and urged the US to interfere. The main drive of the row is the plans to fill up the Grand Renaissance Dam having the 6,000-megawatt capacity. The Ethiopian government has revealed that mega-dam is equal to 6 nuclear power plants.
The mega-dam construction is nearly two-thirds complete and remaining will take 6 years to complete. Egypt said that with the completion of the project, Ethiopia can also control the river’s flow. Apart from the dark aspect, the $4bn worth dam will make it the biggest dam in Africa and also Ethiopia, the largest energy exporter of the continent.
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