The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have agreed to work in unison on issues concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project and other issues of common interest.
Ethiopian Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn, Sudanese President Omar Hassen al-Bashir and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met here Monday and emphasized on the need for the three countries to work together.
Strengthening co-operation on the issue of the GERD project, which will become the continent’s biggest hydro-electric dam with a generating capacity of 6,450 megawatts (MW), as well as boosting development co-operation were the major issues discussed.
“The three leaders have agreed on the need to work as one on issues of common interest,” said Etiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu after the meeting.
Consensus was reached among the leaders that any matter which harms any country should concern the others and moving separately could not be the solution.
The leaders have put direction for the issue concerning the flow of Nile River water and foreign ministers of the three countries will discuss major issues related to GERD and report to the leaders within a month, Workneh said.
The leaders have also agreed to establish a joint infrastructure fund that would allow infrastructure integration among the three countries, said Meles Alem, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The fund will enable them to have equal roles and involvement in the development of infrastructures such as railways, roads, and energy and is expected to improve co-operation.
The three leaders have also agreed to continue meeting annually.