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Jordan backs Egypt, Sudan amid Ethiopia dam crisis

This photo taken on December 26, 2019, shows a general view of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction, near Guba in Ethiopia. (Photo: AFP)
This photo taken on December 26, 2019, shows a general view of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction, near Guba in Ethiopia. (Photo: AFP)
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AMMAN — The Foreign Ministry Wednesday on reiterated the water security of Sudan and Egypt is "part and parcel" of the wider Arab national security, expressing full support for Cairo and Khartoum.اضافة اعلان

In a statement, the ministry emphasized the need to realize a solution based on negotiations over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. in a way that would guarantee the rights of all parties to the Nile River.

It warned of unilateral actions and the filling of the Dam without an agreement based on the international law.

Cairo and Khartoum's effort to resolve the issue through negotiations reflect their commitment to share the Nile River fairly to eschew tension and promote cooperation.

Ethiopia has started the second phase of filling a mega-dam's reservoir on the upper Blue Nile, Egypt and Sudan said, raising tensions Tuesday ahead of an upcoming UN Security Council meeting on the issue.

Both Cairo and Khartoum said they had been notified by Addis Ababa that the second phase of filling the dam had begun, according to Agence France Presse.

Egypt's irrigation ministry late Monday expressed its "firm rejection of this unilateral measure" and Sudan's foreign ministry on Tuesday followed suit, labelling the move a "risk and imminent threat."

The huge dam, set to be Africa's largest hydroelectric project when completed, has sparked an almost decade-long diplomatic stand-off between Addis Ababa and downstream nations Egypt and Sudan, according to the agency.

Ethiopia says the project is essential to its development, but Cairo and Khartoum fear it could restrict their citizens' water access.

Both governments have been pushing Addis Ababa to ink a binding deal over the filling and operation of the dam, and have been urging the UN Security Council to take the matter up in recent weeks.

Thursday's UNSC meeting was requested by Tunisia on behalf of Egypt and Sudan, a diplomatic source told AFP.

But France's ambassador to the UN said last week that the council itself can do little apart from bringing all the sides together.

"We can open the door, invite the three countries at the table, bring them to express their concerns, encourage them to get back to the negotiations and find a solution," he told reporters.

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