Ethiopian PM to visit Egypt on Sunday

10 Jun 2018

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is scheduled to arrive in Egypt on Sunday for a two-day visit.

In a press statement on Saturday, the Ethiopian Embassy to Egypt said Ahmed during his visit is expected to meet with senior Egyptian officials including President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to discuss issues of mutual interest.

The statement further said Ahmed is expected to hold discussions to upgrade the already strong political and economic ties of Ethiopia and Egypt.

Ethiopian media outlets reported that during the visit, the prime minister is expected to focus on issues including the 6,450 Mega Watt hydro dam that Ethiopia is building on Blue Nile river.

Named Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the hydro dam whose construction is currently 66 percent complete, is Africa's largest hydro dam project, with Ethiopia saying the dam will reignite an economic renaissance in the region once it is commissioned.

Ethiopia eyes massive benefits from the GERD construction, while Egypt is concerned it might affect its 55.5-billion-cubic-meter annual share of the Nile River water.

Egypt, a lower riparian nation, fears the hydro dam will cut into its water supply, potentially crippling its agricultural sector that is already facing water shortages.

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