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African Union to hold meeting on Ethiopian dam

Date of publication: 27 July, 2020

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The African Union is to hold a three-way meeting on Ethiopia's controversial Nile dam project on August 3 with Sudan and Egypt.

The African Union is to hold a three-way meeting on Ethiopia's controversial Nile dam project on August 3 with Sudan and Egypt, the Sudanese irrigation minister said Monday.

The talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan held under the AU's South African presidency will cover "outstanding issues", Yasser Abbas told reporters, without elaborating.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011.

Read more: Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam - A catastrophe for Egypt?

Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it crucial for its electrification and development.

Ethiopia, in several rounds of talks overseen by the AU, has resisted the two Arab countries' calls for a legally binding dispute resolution process.

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