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Sunday, 30 January 2022

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Sall, El Sisi talk GERD

Senegalese President Macky Sall’s visit and talks with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi dominated the airwaves last night. The two held a face-to-face yesterday, according to an Ittihadiya statement, where they agreed to strengthen coordination on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) situation.

Egypt has been making overtures to Senegal to get its support as the country prepares to assume the presidency of the African Union (AU) next month — especially as Ethiopia has signaled it wants to bring back GERD talks to the AU. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry last year met with Sall as part of a series of diplomatic visits to drum up support from the continent’s leaders for Egypt’s position on the issue.

The pair’s discussion of the GERD crisis ahead of Senegal’s assumption of the African Union’s presidency got coverage from Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 1:55; 3:16), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 9:59; 2:31), Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 6:21) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 4:45).

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