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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia to hold next round of GERD talks in April

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are scheduled to hold a trilateral meeting over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on 4-5 April, Al Masry Al Youm reports. The meeting will bring together the three countries’ irrigation and foreign ministers and intelligence chiefs. Egypt had agreed last month to postpone the meeting, which had been set for 24-25 February, after Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s sudden resignation. Talks over the dam had reached a stalemate after Ethiopia and Sudan both refused to acknowledge the results of environmental impact studies showing the dam would severely cut into Egypt’s Nile water supply. The three then agreed in January to reach a solution on the issue within one month.

Elsewhere on the Africa re-engagement tour: Egypt is seeking Kenya’s support for the chairmanship of the African Union after Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame’s term expires next year, Kenya’s KBC reports. The message was delivered to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is on an official visit.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met yesterday with Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Al Mulki to discuss bilateral cooperation and efforts to reconstruct Iraq, according to an Ittihadiya statement. Al Mulki also sat down with Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi to talk regional security issues and security cooperation between Egypt and Jordan, an Armed Forces statement says.

Egypt and Jordan will set up a joint consultative council bringing together investors from various sectors, Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr and Jordanian Industry, Trade and Supply Minister Yarub Qudah said following their meeting yesterday, Al Mal reports. The ministers also agreed to hold an investment forum in Jordan in the near future. Qudah also met with Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kabil to discuss establishing a joint logistics center to support Iraqi reconstruction projects, according to a ministry statement.

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