She added that "the three negotiating parties were able to make progress in identifying issues with potential convergence, and that the Egyptian side showed a position that undermines the Declaration of Principles Agreement signed in 2015." The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry stressed that "Ethiopia negotiated in good faith throughout the second round of the Renaissance Dam negotiations in Addis Ababa, convinced of the completion of the task entrusted by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, and to maintain the positive spirit between the parties." The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation confirmed, on Sunday evening, that "the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam witnessed Ethiopia's tendency to retreat from a number of consensuses previously reached between the three countries within the framework of the negotiating process." The ministry said that "the ended negotiating round did not result in significant progress, as it witnessed Ethiopia's continued refusal to adopt any of the proposed compromises as well as internationally agreed technical arrangements that would meet Ethiopian interests in connection with the Renaissance Dam without infringing on the rights and interests of the two downstream countries." The spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation stressed the need to demonstrate the necessary political will and seriousness to reach, without delay, a binding legal agreement on the rules for filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, within the time frame agreed upon between the three countries, stressing at the same time the existence of many technical and legal solutions that would reach without delay the desired agreement that The new round of negotiations came after Ethiopia officially announced the completion of the fourth filling of the Renaissance Dam, on September 10, a step that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry described at the time as "a continuation of the violation of the Declaration of Principles signed between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in 2015." Ethiopia has been building the Renaissance Dam for years, while Khartoum and Cairo have repeatedly asked Ethiopia to stop filling the reservoir of the Renaissance Dam, pending a binding tripartite agreement on ways to operate the dam as the largest in Africa, at a time when Egypt, which relies on the Nile to secure 97% of its water needs, considers the Renaissance Dam an "existential" threat to it.