Sudan refuses to attend GERD talks, demands AU involvement
Sudan refused to attend GERD negotiations yesterday after Egypt and Ethiopia failed to respond to its request to increase the role of the African Union in the talks, the Sudanese Irrigation Ministry said in a statement. Sudan threatened to boycott the talks last year if the AU wasn’t brought in to meditate the negotiations, which have made little headway over the past 12 months. The Egyptian Irrigation Ministry said that Egyptian and Ethiopian technical and legal teams met yesterday in preparation for a ministerial meeting with AU chair South Africa on 10 January.
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