Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan agree to study filling of Nile dam

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Officials from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have announced progress in talks on what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.

The foreign ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia and Sudan's water resources minister early Wednesday said they will set up a scientific study group to consult on the filling of Ethiopia's $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. They also confirmed that leaders from the three nations will meet every six months for consultations.

More high-level talks are set for July 3 in Cairo.

Egypt fears too much of the Nile's waters could be retained each year, affecting its agriculture. Ethiopia maintains that the dam's construction will not reduce Egypt's share of the river's water and that it will help Ethiopia's development.

The mega-dam is now more than 63 percent complete.