Sudanese Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok
Khartoum (UNA-OIC) – Sudanese Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok reiterated Sudan’s rejection of the filling of the Renaissance Dam before reaching a legally binding agreement with Ethiopia.
In a meeting of Sudan’s Higher Committee on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) here on Monday, Hamdok cited the direct threat of the GERD’s unilateral filling to the operation of the Roseires Dam and the water projects as well as the citizens on the Blue Nile banks in Sudan.
The meeting was held in the presence of Foreign Minister Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Prof. Yasser Abbas, and Director of the General Intelligence Service Lt. Gen. Jamal Abdel-Majeed, alongside the Technical Committee members.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Mariam Al-Mahdi presented a report on the outcome of her recent tour of a number of West African states. Whilst, Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas presented a report on the activities and works of the negotiating team and the supporting technical, political and media committees.
The meeting approved the plans and programs of the negotiating team and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Irrigation and the use of all legal means before the various regional and international legal and judicial bodies to defend Sudan’s legitimate interests and national security and its ability to plan and organize the use of the country’s water resources for the benefit of the Sudanese people.
The meeting also renewed Sudan’s adherence to and belief in the principle of African solutions to African problems, citing similar experiences in managing the Niger and Senegal rivers and other African experiences in managing transboundary water resources.