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UAE balances ties with Egypt, Ethiopia in Nile Dam Crisis

Close UAE-Ethiopian relations remain a source of concern for Egypt, especially after tension escalated between Cairo and Addis Ababa over the GERD crisis.
A picture shows water bursting out of the Roseires Dam on the Blue Nile River at al-Damazin in southeastern Sudan, on Nov. 27, 2020. The Roseires hydropower complex is located 105 kilometers east of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Emirati-Ethiopian relations are still a source of concern for Egypt, especially as the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) intensifies between Cairo and Addis Ababa.

The United Arab Emirates’ position on the GERD crisis remains unclear, unlike the positions of other Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which issued statements stating their support for Egypt in maintaining its water security.

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