Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Yasser Abbas, said that the Ethiopians’ insistence on moving forward with the second filling of the Renaissance Dam without signing a prior agreement threatens the safety of half of the Sudanese population who live on the banks of the Blue Nile.
The Sudanese Minister of Irrigation made the statement during his meeting with the head of the European Union delegation in Khartoum, Robert Van Dowell and the head of the political file of the mission, Daniel Weiss, according to a statement issued by the ministry.
The meeting comes within the framework of informing the foreign ambassadors accredited in Khartoum on the developments in negotiations between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam file.
The statement indicated that Abbas provided an explanation on the progress of the negotiations and the proposals made by Sudan to push the talks by giving the African Union experts a greater role.
He pointed out that during the meeting, they discussed how to move the file of negotiations to reach a peaceful solution acceptable to the three countries (Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia), without explaining the results of those consultations.
According to the same statement, Robert Van Dool announced an upcoming visit by the European Union High Commissioner for Foreign, Political and Security Affairs, Josep Borrell, to Sudan in the coming days, without specifying a date.
Last month, Sudan announced that it was discussing alternative options due to the stalled negotiations that are being held with Egypt and Ethiopia on the Renaissance Dam under the auspices of the Union for months, refusing to fill the second filling of the dam next July without reaching an agreement.