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Egypt looks to Congo for breakthrough on Nile Dam talks

Egypt is hoping the Democratic Republic of Congo, as chair of the African Union, will contribute to solving the long-standing dispute between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
A man sits next to an old picture of the Inga hydroelectric dam displayed on the wall of the Societe Nationale d'Electricite (SNEL, National Electricity Company) offices in Lubumbashi on May 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO SCOPPA        (Photo credit should read FEDERICO SCOPPA/AFP via Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discussed with his Congolese counterpart Felix Tshisekedi the faltering negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during Tshisekedi’s first visit to Cairo on Feb. 2, as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepares to take over the presidency of the African Union for 2021.

According to a statement by the Egyptian presidency following the meeting, the two officials “agreed to promote coordination and joint deliberations to follow up on the developments in the GERD file.”

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