Al Sisi with Abiy Ahmad after their meeting to discuss Ethiopian dam, at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo on July 23. Image Credit: Reuters

DUBAI: Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmad on Thursday agreed on initiating urgent negotiations to finalise an agreement between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the rules of its operations, a joint statement said.

The statement mentioned the two leaders will make all the necessary efforts to finalise the agreement in four months.

Egypt and Ethiopia, Sudan’s two largest neighbours, have been at odds in recent years over the construction of the huge hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, close to the border with Sudan.