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Egypt, Sudan call for Ethiopia to accept international mediation over Nile Dam

Egypt and Sudan demanded that Ethiopia returns to the Grand Ethiopean Renaissance Dam negotiations, through international quartet mediation, but Addis Ababa refuses to internationalize the crisis.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Sameh Shoukry,  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, listens during a UN Security Council meeting concerning nuclear non-proliferation, during the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 21, 2017 in New York City. The most pressing issues facing the assembly this year include North KoreaÕs nuclear ambitions, violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, and the debate over climate change. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Egypt and Sudan have called on Ethiopia to resume negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as soon as possible to reach an agreement that would end years of conflict between the three countries.

On March 2, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Sudanese counterpart Mariam al-Sadiq in Cairo and issued a joint statement calling on Ethiopia to show good faith and engage in an effective negotiation process to reach a legal and binding agreement that achieves the interests of the three countries, preserves the water rights of Egypt and Sudan, and limits damages.

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