“Waiting for the Ethiopian deal is a big pause – from the pressure that has built on this discussion,” he told Al Jazeera, adding that he hoped to see a solution soon. If the parties concerned can agree on these objectives, the agreement must ultimately contain technical language that ensures an equitable sharing of the Nile. In principle, Ethiopia should cooperate with other riparian countries to develop and adopt an effective drought reduction protocol, which provides for the possibility for GERD managers to release, if necessary, water from the reservoir in order to mitigate droughts. Such a mitigation programme can make it easier for the Egyptian and Sudanese authorities to cooperate with Ethiopia and other riparian countries towards the establishment and adoption of a Nile management agreement. .