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Egypt and Ethiopia fend off water wars over Nile mega-dam

Ethiopia Offers Reassurances to Egypt Over Nile Waters

Egypt has released 32 Ethiopian prisoners during a visit by the country's prime minister in which he sought to assure Cairo that a massive upstream Nile dam would not cut into its share of the river, officials said Monday.

He says "Egypt will receive its share of the Nile waters and we will increase it".

His remarks came in a joint press conference in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following their talks on the giant dam that is now being built on the Nile River.

"We have come a long way in building confidence with Ethiopia", el-Sissi said about the bilateral talks that have taken place over the course of four years.

"I would like to reiterate that the relation between Egypt and Ethiopia is a strategic partnership relation, and that Egypt's strategic policy is to enhance common interests with Ethiopia in all fields", the Egyptian president told the news conference.

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Technical talks among the irrigation ministers of the three countries in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, ended with an agreement to set up a scientific study group to consult on the filling of Ethiopia's $5bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

In 2011, Ethiopia started construction on the GERD over the Blue Nile River, one of the major sources of the water that forms the River Nile downstream. They also confirmed that leaders from the three nations will meet every six months for consultations.

The GERD will be Africa's largest dam upon completion with a total volume of 74 billion cubic meters and a construction cost of about 4.7 billion US dollars.

The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt signaled on Sunday that their two countries had achieved a breakthrough in the ongoing dispute over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia's €3.4 billion ($4 billion) hydroelectric project. When completed the Dam is expected to generate 6000 MW of electric power. The announcement of the ambitious dam had led many to fear the outbreak of a water war between Egypt and Ethiopia.

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