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Sunday, 23 February 2020

Egypt’s El Sisi meets Ethiopian special envoy

El Sisi meets Ethiopian special envoy: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed the agreement Egypt is expected to sign with Ethiopia and Sudan by the end of the month to end the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam deadlock with Hailemariam Desalegn, former Ethiopian prime minister and special envoy to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ittihadiya said in a statement. The two also touched on post-GERD-agreement relations.

Background: The US Treasury Department and the World Bank, which recently stepped in to mediate the GERD dispute, are currently preparing a final agreement in hopes of getting the three countries to sign a contract by the end of the month. The contract should govern how Ethiopia will operate GERD during periods of drought and “prolonged dry years,” and outline mechanisms for cooperation and dispute settlement.

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