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US-led mediation may resolve Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan dam dispute

Technical and legal experts continue to consult to draft a comprehensive agreement on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam, but internal pressure remains a major challenge in Ethiopia that may hinder the settlement of many controversial issues.
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CAIRO — The technical and legal experts and ministers of water and foreign affairs of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will keep trying to agree on a comprehensive document that will settle the outstanding issues and diverging positions regarding the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The deadline for agreeing on such a document is the end of February.

The ministers of water and foreign affairs in the three countries, the US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and president of the World Bank David Malpass met in Washington Jan. 31. A joint statement published by the US Department of the Treasury after the meeting noted that some key issues will be subject to the final signing of the comprehensive agreement.

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