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Egypt and Sudan call for serious talks with Ethiopia over Nile dam scheme

Officials from Egypt and Sudan have called on Ethiopia to join them in serious mediated negotiations aimed at resolving an impasse over a giant Nile dam scheme. The two nations want Addis Ababa to engage in tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project as soon as possible.

In a joint statement following a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Ali Al-Sadiq, highlighted ‘the importance of continuing to seek serious negotiations under the auspices of the presidency of the African Union on the renaissance dam, so that this leads to a binding legal agreement that achieves the interests of the three countries’.

Egypt said recently that Ethiopia’s decision to unilaterally start operating the dam on the Blue Nile was a violation of a declaration of principles signed in 2015 by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Cairo’s comments followed Ahmed’s inauguration of the first phase of electricity generation from the dam during a ceremony attended by dozens of officials and members of parliament.


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