CAIRO, May 29 (Xinhua) — Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned Ethiopian ambassador to Cairo Wednesday to discuss Ethiopia’s recent move of diverting the course of the River Nile for the construction of its Renaissance Dam, state-run Ahram news website reported.
Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ali al- Hefni and other officials met with Ambassador Mahmoud Dardir to convey Egypt’s rejection of the prior measures taken by Ethiopia to build the dam before reaching an agreement with the downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.
On Tuesday, Ethiopia started diverting the Blue Nile, a tributary of the River Nile, as a first preparatory step for building its aspired Grand Renaissance Dam, the move which raised concerns in Egypt over its share of river water as a downstream country.
Egypt is waiting for a report from the tripartite committee currently held in Addis Ababa on the technical affects of the dam.
Egypt’s cabinet held a meeting Wednesday to discuss the Ethiopian controversial dam and voiced rejection of any project that would affect the flow of Nile water according to official MENA news agency.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity Osama Abdullah Hassan arrived in Cairo for a one-day visit to discuss with Egyptian officials the dam issue and its possible impacts on the Nile water shares of both downstream countries