Talks over Ethiopia’s Disputed Nile Dam Set to Begin


ADDIS ABABA (Somaliguardian) – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over the disputed Nile dam are due to begin on Tuesday.

Mr Ramaphosa stated that “following extensive consultations” with the heads of state of the GERD negotiation parties, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Prime Minister of Sudan Abdalla Hamdok, the trilateral negotiations on the GERD were agreed to resume on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, following a seven-week break.

South African president, who is also the chair of the African Union welcomed the three governments’ commitment to pursue negotiations guided by the “spirit of cooperation, goodwill and compromise” to reach a mutually accepted agreement.

The African Union reassured negotiating parties that it was ready to provide relentless support in ensuring the successful completion of the GERD negotiations, expressing confidence that Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will reach agreement on issues remaining to be resolved.

The announcement has come two days after Donald Trump suggested Egypt would “blow up” the GERD, angering Ethiopia which accused the US President of inciting war.

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