Kuwait has once again shown its friendship towards Egypt by affirmatively supporting the water rights of Egypt over the river Nile. It has also ensured that it will support Egypt in facing all the coming challenges. The Egyptians well appreciate the kind nature of Kuwait.
Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, stated that Kuwait fully supports Egypt’s water rights over the river Nile. The issue started in 2011 when Ethiopia initiated the construction of its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Egypt was concerned about its water share of 55.5 billion cubic meters. Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia disputed over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
About four days ago, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met Marzouq Al-Ghanim in the presence of Kuwait’s Ambassador to Cairo, Mohammed Al-Thuwaikh. There, he stressed the fact that Egypt-Kuwait relationships are firm and supportive at the same time. In addition, Egypt’s eagerness to support the developing country, Kuwait, is well appreciated in all possible manners and various fields. He also enjoyed his warm welcome and kind received done by the community of Kuwait.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters. And the potential to generate 6,000 megawatts of electricity by 16 giant hydro-powered turbines. Before 2015, the three countries disputed water rights. However, in 2015, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, which says that the quenched countries downstream of the Nile should not affect negatively.
Egypt is constantly trying to resolve the matter of the dam. As 90 percent of the population is very dependent on the river Nile for water. Moreover, the sudden release of water could also affect the coasts of the river in Egypt. The condition paced as Ethiopia conducted its first phase of the filling process in mid-July in 2020 by filling 4.9 billion cubic meters of water. Recently, it has started the test for the second phase of the filling process.
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