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Egypt hopes Gulf mediation will help resolve Nile dam dispute

Egypt has intensified its contacts with Gulf countries to mobilize support in the GERD file, although statements and public support may not be enough to pressure Ethiopia back to the negotiation table.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Media Ministry on March 8, 2022.

CAIRO — As part of its moves against Ethiopia’s policies related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Cairo continues to seek a Gulf role to place pressure on Addis Ababa and reach common understandings regarding the operation of the dam without damaging Egyptian interests in the Blue Nile, which supplies Egypt with 85% of its annual Nile River water share.

In the past two weeks, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has intensified his activities among Gulf circles as part of efforts to face Ethiopia's unilateral actions in the GERD dispute. 

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