- Title: Ethiopia starts filling Grand Renaissance dam, minister says
- Date: 15th July 2020
- Summary: GUBA, ETHIOPIA (FILE - SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF THE GRAND RENAISSANCE DAM VARIOUS OF DAM WALL WITH WATER POURING THROUGH VARIOUS OF BULLDOZERS AT DAM SITE VARIOUS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AMONGST METAL RODS IN DAM WALLS KHARTOUM, SUDAN (FILE - MARCH 23, 2015) (REUTERS) EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT, ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI, SIGNING COOPERATION DEAL CONCERNING ETHIOPIA'S GRAND RENAISSANCE DAM FORMER ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER, HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN, SIGNING DEAL FORMER SUDANESE PRESIDENT, OMAR AL-BASHIR, SIGNING DEAL VARIOUS OF SISI, DESALEGN AND BASHIR SHAKING HANDS AFTER SIGNING DEAL TUTI ISLAND, KHARTOUM, SUDAN (FILE - FEBRUARY 12, 2020) (REUTERS) VIEW OF THE NILE AT POINT OF CONVERGENCE WHERE BLUE AND WHITE NILE MEET IN SUDAN
- Embargoed: 29th July 2020 15:29
- Keywords: Egypt Ethiopia Grand Renaissance Dam Sudan water
- Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS
- City: VARIOUS LOCATIONS
- Country: Ethiopia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003CMX8VUV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Ethiopia has started filling the Grand Renaissance dam, a giant hydroelectric project it is building on the Blue Nile, its water minister said on Wednesday (July 15), a day after talks with Sudan and Egypt on the issue became deadlocked.
Seleshi Bekele confirmed that Ethiopia had started filling the dam in comments broadcast on Ethiopian television.
On Tuesday (July 14), talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to regulate the flow of water from the hydropower dam on the Blue Nile failed to reach agreement.
The dam is the centrepiece of Ethiopia's bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter, but it has raised concerns in Cairo that already limited Nile waters, on which its population of more than 100 million people is almost entirely dependent, would be further restricted.
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