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Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt sign Declaration of Principles on Renaissance Dam

2015-03-23

Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt have signed, in Khartoum on Monday 23 March 2015, the Declaration of Principles on Renaissance Dam .President Al Bashir signed for Sudan, President Abd Alftath El- Sisi signed for Egypt and Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegan signed for his country. The signing ceremony was honored by the presence of Uganda Prime Minister, South Sudan Deputy Vice President and senior officials from United Arab Emirates, IGAD, World Bank and Nile Initiative.

“Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt are committed to reach an agreement on Renaissance Dam, and through signing the Declaration of Principles we have enhanced the joint cooperation on water security and economic development,” said President Al Bashir in the signing ceremony adding that Sudan is keen to develop relations with all Nile basin countries in general and east Africa Nile basin countries in particular.

The Egyptian President Abd Alftath El- Sisi, on his part said in the signing ceremony, that signing the Declaration of Principles on Renaissance Dam is an excellent step to safeguard the interests of all the concerned parts. “The agreement details the operation guidelines for the Renaissance Dam to achieve development in Ethiopia while protecting the rights of Sudan and Ethiopia,” El- Sisi said.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegan stressed that the Renaissance dam his country has been building to generate electricity for economic development projects would not cause any harm to the Egyptian people.

"Egypt and the rest of the Nile Basin countries are "one family," Desalegan said.

"We covered a big step forward by reaching the declaration of principles," Desalegan said.

Ethiopia chose to take the "collaborative path" on the issue of distribution of the Nile water, he added.

The Ethiopian 6,000 megawatt dam, set to be Africa's largest, is expected to be fully completed by 2017. Ethiopia has finished constructing at least 40 percent of the dam.

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