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Egypt weighs UAE mediation initiative in Nile dam crisis

Sudan approved an initiative by the United Arab Emirates to break the deadlock in the negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, but Egypt has not yet followed suit.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly (L) welcomes his Sudanese counterpart, Abdalla Hamdok, upon his arrival in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on March 11, 2021. - Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia have been locked for almost a decade in inconclusive talks over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, which broke ground in 2011.

CAIRO — A Sudanese delegation headed to Abu Dhabi on Feb. 26 for talks on the border dispute with Ethiopia, as part of a mediation initiative announced by the United Arab Emirates.

Sudan’s Cabinet announced on March 23 its approval of the UAE initiative to mediate between it and Ethiopia to resolve their border disputes and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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