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Egypt exploits Sudan-Ethiopia tension to advance position in GERD talks

As tensions increased between Sudan and Ethiopia, Egypt quickly intervened to push Khartoum to its side as trilateral negotiations on the Nile dam hit a wall over Addis Ababa’s insistence to start filling the dam in July.

CAIRO — The border between Sudan and Ethiopia has been the stage of serious tensions and unprecedented escalation from the Sudanese side, after a Sudanese officer was killed and several civilians and military officers were injured in clashes between the Sudanese forces and an Ethiopian militia in Sudan’s al-Fashqa region on May 29. The Sudanese army officially accused the Ethiopian forces of backing the militia and warned of a full-blown war between the two countries.

The official spokesman for the Sudanese army, Brig. Amer Mohamed al-Hassan, said in a May 29 press statement, “Backed by the Ethiopian army, the militias have attacked many areas along the border between Ethiopia and Sudan and have confiscated Sudanese resources.”

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