Video Duration 25 minutes 30 seconds
From: Talk to Al Jazeera

Yasser Abbas: Will there be armed conflict over Nile dam dispute?

Sudan’s irrigation minister discusses continuing tensions with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam’s construction.

At 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles), the Nile is Africa’s longest river. But a mega project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, has triggered a major dispute in the region.

While Addis Ababa says the dam is crucial to its economic development, Cairo calls it an existential threat. And Khartoum fears the project will increase the risk of flooding and affect the safe operation of its own dams on the river.

Can Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt find a diplomatic solution to their dispute, or will it escalate further? Sudan’s Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas talks to Al Jazeera.