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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Everyone can’t stop talking about the GERD

Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz should have his own TV channel: The Arab League’s UN ambassador was on the airwaves for the third night running last night, discussing the GERD crisis and tomorrow’s UN Security Council meeting on Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime 12:21) and Yahduth Fi Masr (watch, runtime 5:30 I 2:10).

What is happening with the draft resolution proposed by Egypt and Sudan? The UN Security Council held a consultation session yesterday to discuss Egypt and Sudan’s draft resolution, Abdelfattah told El Hadidi, without mentioning any details of the discussions. Egypt, Sudan and Tunisia are now expected to meet to discuss the member states’ notes on the resolution, he added.

When can we expect a vote? Security Council members could vote tomorrow or next week, depending on their opinions on the draft text, he said. Should members only want to make minor changes, a vote could take place tomorrow, but should there be substantive issues with the main points of the resolution, the vote could be pushed to next week.

Refresher on the draft resolution: Egypt and Sudan want the UN to push Ethiopia into resuming the AU-sponsored talks. The resolution would require the three countries to finalize an agreement on filling and operating the dam within six months.

The GERD was widely covered and analyzed by most talk shows: Ala Mas'ouleety (watch, runtime 7:28), Al Kahera Wal Nas (watch, runtime 20:47), Masaa DMC (watch, runtime 11:45), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime 47:50), Yahduth Fi Masr (watch, runtime 1:49 I 2:11 I 2:42 I ) and Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime 11:37 I 7:53) all had extensive coverage.

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