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Cairo, Khartoum take Nile dam issue to UN Security Council

Egypt and Sudan mobilize Arab support in anticipation of reinternationalizing the GERD issue at the UN Security Council.
A worker cleans at a resort on the shore of Lake Tana, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Nov. 11, 2020. Lake Tana, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, is the origin of the Blue Nile River that feeds the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

CAIRO — The Arab foreign ministers held an extraordinary meeting June 15 and called on the United Nations Security Council to convene an urgent meeting to discuss the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), while expressing concern about the stalled negotiations currently sponsored by the African Union (AU).

Egyptian and Sudanese diplomats and experts told Al-Monitor that this was the first time that Arabs took a stand to pressure Ethiopia in the GERD issue, in anticipation of internationalizing it once again at the Security Council.

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