The Sudanese government announced this Friday that a “mini-summit” will be held on July 21 to resolve disputes over the dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, after months of trilateral negotiations with Egypt that have been settled, with no final agreement so far.
Sudanese irrigation minister Yaser Abbas has indicated that Sudan has received an invitation from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who holds the current African Union (AU) Presidency, which is currently undertaking mediation tasks.
“We hope to be able to attend the summit to reach a trilateral agreement on the filling and operation of the dam,” said Abbas in a message on his account on the Twitter social network. Egypt and Ethiopia have not made any comments yet.
The announcement came just two days after doubts about Ethiopia’s possible start to the dam filling process, which were confirmed by various media in the country and subsequently rejected by Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation Seleshi Bekele.