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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

GERD headlines the talk shows ahead of emergency Arab League meeting

Diplomacy took center stage on the nation’s airwaves last night, as the talking heads mostly turned their attention to today’s emergency Arab League meeting in Doha. The meeting could see a group of Arab foreign ministers, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan and Iraq, taking a bolder stance against Ethiopia in support of Egypt and Sudan, Kelma Akhira's Lameed El Hadidi said (watch, runtime: 2:37). El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 8:56) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 13:07) also took note.

Will the Arab League make a difference? Arab foreign ministers are expected to put pressure on Addis Ababa to cancel plans to unilaterally fill the dam, and instead reach an agreement on the GERD’s filling and operation. This could clear a pathway to new negotiations and help convince Ethiopia to make compromises, pundit El Azab El Tayeb Taher said in a phone-in to Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 7:29) last night. The league backs Egypt and Sudan’s stance on the GERD and supports their decisions all the way, even if the situation deteriorates and military action is required, Taher said (watch, runtime: 3:56).

The talking heads still had time to cover the Egypt-Qatar bromance: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s meeting yesterday with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Doha saw El Hekaya’s Amr Adib dedicating a segment to shed light on how the two countries have been patching things up since the lifting of Egypt and the GCC’s 2017 blockade on Qatar (watch, runtime: 2:19 | 1:32). Kelma Akhira’s El Hadidi said that improved Egypt-Qatar relations could contribute to resolving the Israel-Hamas conflict (watch, runtime: 5:22). Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 6:14) and Hadith Al Qahera (watch, runtime: 3:51) also had coverage.

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