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Lavrov sidesteps Nile dam dispute in meetings in Egypt, Ethiopia

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov seems to have avoided the GERD issue, instead focusing on his country’s relations with Egypt, Ethiopia and other African countries.
Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov addresses the public during a press conference at the Russian Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aug. 02, 2022.

CAIRO — During his recent African tour, which included stops in four Nile Basin countries, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov overlooked the Nile water dispute and the crisis over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Instead, his statements focused on portraying his country as a respectable friend for African countries, as opposed to Western countries that still deal with the continent with a colonial mentality.

Although Cairo has always made sure to include the GERD issue in its international talks and meetings in the past, it seems the issue was left out from official statements during Lavrov’s visit to the Egyptian capital on July 24, in his first trip to Africa since the Russian war on Ukraine began in late February. 

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