Ethiopian dam to 'benefit' Sudan

"The dam will contribute share in efforts to extricate Ethiopia from poverty and will also benefit the people of Sudan," Hussein Yassin Hamad, the governor of the Blue Nile State.

Ethiopian dam to 'benefit' Sudan

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Sudanese governor has said that an Ethiopian dam project on the Nile River, which has been the source of tension with Egypt, will benefit Sudan.

"The dam will contribute share in efforts to extricate Ethiopia from poverty and will also benefit the people of Sudan," Hussein Yassin Hamad, the governor of the Blue Nile State, said at the opening of a joint border development commission meeting in Assosa, the capital of Ethiopia's Benshangul Gumuz region, according to a Sudanese diplomat.

"The people and administration of the Blue Nile State will provide the necessary support towards the completion of dam construction," he was quoted as saying by the diplomat.

Ethiopia is building a $6.4-billion dam on the Blue Nile, which represents Egypt's primary source of water.

The project has raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, which fears a reduction of its historical share of Nile water.

Water distribution among Nile basin states has long been regulated by a colonial-era treaty giving Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of river water.

Ethiopia and Sudan have a joint border covering over 2000 kilometers.

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Tsegaey
Tsegaey - 5 yıl Before

Egypt previously objected to the very principles it now advocates. It did not support the UN Watercourses Convention 1997, which codified the principles of transboundary water management. "Egypt cannot get help through international water law as Egypt herself did not acknowledge these principles historically," said Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman, a professor of international water law at Asia Pacific University in Bangladesh.