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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan set January goal on Nile dam

Christian Fernsby |
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan set a January 15 target for resolving an intensifying feud over a massive dam being constructed on Africa's Nile River.

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Topics: EGYPT    ETHIOPIA    SUDAN    NILE    DAM   

US President Donald Trump agreed to mediate among the three nations in Washington at the request of Egypt, which fears that the Ethiopian-built dam would disrupt the river that provides 90 percent of its drinking water.

After a day of talks mediated by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and World Bank President David Malpass, foreign ministers from the three countries said they would hold four technical meetings on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The ministers "agreed to work toward completion of an agreement by January 15, 2020," a joint statement said.

"The foreign ministers reaffirmed the significance of the Nile to the development of the people of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, the importance of transboundary cooperation, and their shared interest in concluding an agreement," it said.

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