Pope’s appeal for peaceful negotiation over River Nile

Pope Francis on Saturday 15th August, 2020, in his remarks after the recitation of the Angelus, demanded for the use of dialogue in negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Nile River. He asked all to make good negotiation for the betterment of the entire world.

For some time now there has been a dispute among Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Nile River. On 10 August, a one-week suspension of talks was announced by the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources. The suspension was granted pursuant to a request made by Sudan to complete internal consultations.

Following with particular attention the situation of the difficult negotiations regarding the Nile between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, the Holy Father admonished all revalries to withstand the path of negotiation so that the Eternal River might continue to be a source of life, uniting, nourishment and not hostility or conflict. He prayed for the people in northern Nigeria.

Ethiopia, however, holds that the dam will increase access to electricity at lower costs, thus increasing the Nile’s potential to provide irrigation and decrease its flooding potential.

The countries with an interest in the consequences of the dam’s construction have met several times since its construction began.

Talks hosted by the African Union began on 27 July, saw Observers from the United States, the European Union and experts from the African Union Commission. The goal of this set of talks was a binding agreement governing the filling of the dam and its operations.

Source: Vatican news

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