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Sunday, 28 June 2020

GERD developments lead the conversation on Egypt’s talk shows

The latest developments in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations following an emergency African Union (AU) summit on Friday topped the talking heads’ agendas last night. We have chapter and verse in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Could the timeline for talks be extended again? Former Irrigation Minister Mohamed Nasr Allam told Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi he doesn’t expect an agreement within the two-week deadline, saying talks could be extended. The technical issues will prove simpler to resolve than the legal sticking points, Allam said (watch, runtime: 6:20).

Egypt can still take the dispute back to the UN Security Council if the next two weeks still don’t yield a pact, the Arab League’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Maged Abdel Fattah, told Lamees. The council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow and will discuss the issue to stay on top of developments, and Egypt can submit a draft resolution to the council at a later time, Abdel Fattah said (watch, runtime: 12:57). El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 7:16) and Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary also had coverage (watch, runtime: 5:22).

On the covid-19 front: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated yesterday the Middle East’s largest isolation field hospital, with 4k beds and air ambulances, Lamees noted (watch, runtime: 0:38).

The removal of the nighttime curfew and the lifting of some lockdown measures last night also earned airtime on Al Kahera Alaan (watch, runtime: 2:21), El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 2:23 and runtime: 5:51), and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 10:24).

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