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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to agree on deal to fill Blue Nile dam in weeks

Ethiopia says the $4 billion hydropower project, which will have an installed capacity of 6,450 megawatts, is essential to its economic development

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Reuters  |  Addis Ababa 

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will agree a deal to fill the giant Blue Nile dam in two to three weeks, following mediation by the African Union to broker a deal to end a decade-long dispute over water supplies. Tortuous negotiations over the years have left the two nations and their neighbour Sudan short of an agreement to regulate how Ethiopia will operate the dam and fill its reservoir, while protecting Egypt’s scarce water supplies from the Nile river. Ethiopia’s water minister, Seleshi Bekele, said that consensus had been reached to finalise a deal within two to three ...

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First Published: Sat, June 27 2020. 21:02 IST
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