KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudan on Wednesday expressed regret over Egypt’s
official statement blaming Sudan and Ethiopia for failure of the
recent tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity
expresses regret over statements made by Egyptian Foreign
Minister Sameh Shoukry, which contradict the positive spirit
between the two countries,” said the Sudanese ministry in a
On Monday, Shoukry
reportedly blamed Sudan and Ethiopia for the failure of the
recent round of the tripartite dam talks held in Ethiopia,
accusing Sudan of narrowing the view points of the meeting.
The talk ended on
May 5 without reaching an agreement on the technical report
prepared by French firms on the potential impact of the dam.
“Sudan has provided
a comprehensive consensus proposal that the three countries
agreed to look into and respond within a week and consider
possibility of using it as a course to get out of the current
technical crisis,” the statement said.
It further stressed
Sudan’s firm position on the necessity of making an effort to
complete the studies, and continue the talks and meetings.
destroying the bridges of trust will only bring divergence and
dispute to the peoples of the three countries,” it noted.
The three countries
are expected to meet again in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia on May 15
on the same issue.
In December 2017,
Egypt proposed to have the World Bank as a neutral party on the
tripartite technical committee, but Ethiopia rejected the
The GERD project,
which costs 4.7 billion U.S. dollars, is now 64 percent
completed. Ethiopia hopes it will provide a constant supply of
clean and affordable power and accelerate its shift from an
agricultural economy to an industrial powerhouse.
Ethiopia and Sudan
eye massive benefits from the GERD construction, while Egypt is
concerned that it might affect its 55.5-billion-cubic-meter
annual share of the Nile River water.
South Sudan to import tax
exempted goods from Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan on Wednesday said it agreed with
neighboring Sudan to import tax exempted goods that will help
boost already existing trade between the two countries.
The head of the
South Sudan business union, Ayii Duang Ayii, said they agreed
with authorities in Sudan not to impose tax on goods purchased
“We agreed that they
will not impose tax on the goods we purchase from Sudan. The
goods that we cannot get in Sudan will be transported through
Sudan without paying anything,” Ayii said in Juba upon returning
from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
He disclosed that
they discussed re-opening of trade routes between the border
areas of the two countries and also engaged Sudanese business
community to start bringing goods to South Sudan.
Ayii revealed that
they also discussed with Sudan on the possibility of purchasing
tractors at affordable rates and investment in the in the vast
country’s agriculture with only four percent of its arable land
He also said trade
will be facilitated between the two countries through river
transport, air and road.
economy has been battered amid hyperinflation due to the ongoing
more than four years conflict which displaced over 4 million
people from their homes into neighboring countries as refugees.
The violence was
caused by power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his
former deputy Riek Machar who leads the Sudan People’s
Liberation Army-in opposition (SPLA-IO) in rebellion.