Today, Friday, the Renaissance Dam negotiation round reaches its final stage with the participation of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, while sources revealed Washington's intention to stop its aid to Ethiopia due to the dam crisis.
It is expected that the curtain will fall today on the stalled negotiations that have continued for years between the three countries regarding the dam, and a unified document will be submitted to the African Union.
For his part, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas said that the Renaissance Dam will reduce the devastating floods on the Nile because it will store water at the time of floods to generate electricity.
Abbas added that the coming days will witness an additional rise in water levels in all sectors of the Nile, as Sudan witnesses floods unprecedented for a century.
On the other hand, Foreign Policy magazine revealed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo approved a plan to stop aid provided by his country to Ethiopia, explaining that this comes at a time when President Donald Trump's administration is trying to mediate between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan in the dam crisis.
The magazine quoted US officials that the details of the aid cut have not yet been determined, and that the final number may reach less than $ 130 million, and they also warned that the decision could fuel new tensions in the relationship between Washington and Addis Ababa.
Foreign Policy indicated that Ethiopian officials have expressed their belief that the Trump administration is biased towards the Egyptian side in the conflict, as his administration has not agreed to parallel cuts in foreign aid to Egypt.
Well-informed sources suggested that the US State Department’s decision would face opposition in Congress.
Pompeo discussed the dam file during his visit to Khartoum as part of a tour in the region this week, and a statement by the US State Department stated that Washington and Khartoum agreed that achieving a mutual benefit agreement between the three countries is crucial to regional stability.