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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan Resume Talks On Blue Nile Dam

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, announced in 2011, is expected to generate more than 6,000 megawatts of power [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]
Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia on Tuesday resumed talks on the giant Blue Nile hydropower dam after the failure of a U.S-led mediation effort earlier this year, a Sudanese official said.

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The three countries have been at odds over the filling and operation of the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), under construction near Ethiopia’s border with Sudan on the Blue Nile, which flows into the Nile River.

The three countries had been expected to sign an agreement in Washington in February but Ethiopia skipped the meeting and only Egypt initialed the deal.

Sudan’s irrigation minister, Yasser Abbas, told reporters after a virtual meeting hosted by Khartoum with his counterparts from Egypt and Ethiopia that more meetings will be held this week at ambassadorial level.

“We hope to continue in this spirit in the coming days to reach an agreement on the outstanding issues,” he said.

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