Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said "We support the Renaissance Dam because we believe it will benefit all countries of the region, including Egypt."
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday confirmed his country's support Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project, noting that Khartoum would enjoy a large share of the electricity thus generated.
"We support the Renaissance Dam because we believe it will benefit all countries of the region, including Egypt," al-Bashir told a rally in Al-Qadarif on Sudan's border withEthiopia, where he inaugurated a joint energy project with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe.
It was the first time that al-Bashir personally confirmed his country's support for the Ethiopian dam, which had adversely effected relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa earlier this year.
A tripartite committee of experts from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan was drawn up in 2011 and tasked with assessing the dam's possible environmental, economic and social effects on downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.
The committee, which includes ten water experts from the three countries along with international experts, recently called for further study of safety issues related to the dam's construction and the project's possible impact on the two downstream states.
Ethiopia, for its part, insists the new dam will benefit Egypt and Sudan, both of which will be invited to purchase electricity generated by it.