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Thursday, 10 June 2021

The GERD rules the airwaves on 10 June 2021

It was politics as far as our eyes could see on the nation’s airwaves last night, as the talking heads picked up the statement on the GERD that followed Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s meeting in Khartoum yesterday. Yahduth fi Masr (watch, runtime: 2:26), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:42) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 2:55) all had covered on the FM’s visit and the Egypt-Sudan statement. We have the full story in this morning’s new well, above.

When should the three countries return to the negotiating table? Nothing is yet determined, but Ethiopia has persisted to go ahead with plans for the reservoir’s second filling with or without an agreement with downstream countries of the Nile. Former Sudanese member of the Nile Basin Commission Ahmed El Mufti told Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa that Egypt and Sudan should only return back to the negotiating table with Ethiopia when Addis Ababa pledges to not proceed with its planned filling until a binding agreement is reached between all parties involved (watch, runtime: 10:21), while former Assistant Foreign Minister Mohamed Hegazy said that an agreement with Ethiopia can still be reached as long as the second phase of the filling does not begin (watch, runtime: 1:41).

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