South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the African Union chairman, on Monday welcomed the resumption of the trilateral negotiations among the to the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam — Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.
The ministerial delegations of the respective states supported by technical experts, reconvened on July 3 to discuss the outstanding legal and technical issues pertaining to the GERD.
“The resumed trilateral negotiations is an indication of the commitment of all parties to the GERD to dialogue as a means toward a peaceful, amicable, and durable solution taking into consideration all the dimensions of the GERD matter,” Ramaphosa said.
“By this act, the parties have demonstrated their commitment to an African-led process in the spirit of African solution to African problems”.
The South African leader also noted that he was encouraged by the initial report he has received, saying it indicates focused attention by all parties to the #GERD in finding solutions through an African-led process.
He urged the trio to remain engaged to reach an agreement.
“In the meantime, President Ramaphosa is maintaining, dynamic, regular contact with all the Heads of State and Government ahead of this meeting in order to lend further momentum to the ongoing negotiations,” the statement said.