Egypt has withdrawn from the latest round of negotiations with Ethiopia over its multi-billion dollar dam on the Blue Nile for internal consultations, the Egyptian irrigation ministry said in a statement issued late Tuesday
The other party in the talks, Sudan, said the latest Ethiopian position presented in talks on Aug. 4 raised new fears over the course the negotiations had taken.
The latest negotiations between the three key Nile basin countries resumed on Monday to resolve a years-long dispute over the operation and filling of a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile.
The talks resumed after tens of thousands of Ethiopians flooded the streets of their capital, Addis Ababa, in a government-backed rally to celebrate the first stage of the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s 74 billion-cubic-meter reservoir.
Ethiopia’s announcement sparked fear and confusion downstream in Sudan and Egypt. Both Khartoum and Cairo have repeatedly rejected the filling of the massive reservoir without reaching a deal among the Nile basin countries.