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Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Meles Alem, saw the progress as "one step forward to Ethiopia".

The meeting, which ended Wednesday dawn, ended on a "positive note", said Ethiopia's Minister of Energy, Irrigation and Electricity, Sileshi Bekele. Al-Youm7 later published the document bearing the ministers' signatures.

Top officials from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan today confirmed the adoption of commitments in the context of the ongoing talks in this capital about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

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The three countries´ representatives agreed to establish a scientific study group to consult on the rules for filling the reservoir, taking into account the principle of equitable and reasonable use of shared water resources. 15 countries will make up the study group, with meeting locations to be rotated between the the three founding countries, and after three months of meetings the results of the group negotiations will be presented to the countries' water ministers.

He will be holding an emergency meeting with the factory's management, Ethiopian daily the Addis Standard reports. The reason for these differences was the construction in Ethiopia of the biggest hydraulic structure on the African continent - the Dam of the Renaissance. Egypt maintains that any negotiation must guarantee its 66% percent historical rights with a veto power.

Worldwide agreements signed in 1929 and 1959, Egypt is guaranteed to 87% of the Nile waters. Ethiopia, although the source of 86 percent of the river's water, was excluded from this deal.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi on Wednesday welcomed a "breakthrough" in the talks, saying he received assurances that "Egypt's share will not be affected".

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