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Monday, 11 February 2019

GERD talks resume, El Sisi meets with Congolese counterpart, UN chief

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia GERD talks resume: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed yesterday the latest developments in the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD) with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) presidential summit in Addis Ababa, according to an Ittihadiya statement. The statement offers little information on the outcome of the talks besides platitudes on the three countries’ commitment to arriving at a “joint vision” for the dam’s construction. Several unresolved issues are still pending, since talks held last September failed to reach a breakthrough.

El Sisi also held bilateral talks with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedion the sidelines of the AU summit, and with UN Secretary General António Guterres upon arriving in the Ethiopian capital on Saturday to assume Egypt’s 2019 presidency of the union. The president also invited the global private sector to invest in Africaduring a speech addressing African heads of state at the summit. You can read the full transcript of the address here or watch it here (runtime: 23:51).

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