Sudan reaffirms support for Ethiopia’s dam project


Sudanese Vice President Bekri Hassan Saleh has reaffirmed his country’s support for Ethiopia’s multibillion dam construction project.
“Sudan will derive multiple benefits from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project,” Saleh said at a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
Last year, Sudan backed an Ethiopian decision to change the course of the Blue Nile – one of the Nile River’s most important tributaries – in advance of building a multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam, plans for which had already impacted relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia says it needs the dam to generate badly-needed electricity. Egypt, for its part, says the dam will reduce its traditional share of the Nile River, its main source of water.
Last December, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Khartoum would enjoy a large share of the electricity generated by the dam.
(World Bulletin)