Ethiopia’s Deputy FM says Dam only for power, no impact on Egypt

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Gebre-Christos affirmed that the dam, which is currently under construction to store 84 million cubic metres of Nile water, will be used exclusively for power generation and not for irrigation.

Ethiopia’s planned Renaissance Dam will not cut into Egypt’s share of Nile water, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos said on Monday, reported Ahram Online.

Speaking to reporters at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Gebre-Christos affirmed that the dam, which is currently under construction to store 84 million cubic metres of Nile water, will be used exclusively for power generation and not for irrigation.

Egypt and Ethiopia are members of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), a partnership among Nile states aimed at sharing the river’s socio-economic benefits and promoting regional security.

The Ethiopian official’s announcements echoed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s statement on Saturday that he had reached an agreement with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn that both countries’ interests would be addressed during the building of the dam in Ethiopia.

The Renaissance Dam is one of four dams analysts say could be built along the Blue Nile, one of the two branches of the Nile, which provides Egypt with about 60 percent of its annual 55 billion cubic metres of Nile water.

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