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Egypt expresses concern over discords with Ethiopia in dam talks

Staff Writer |
Egypt expressed concern over reports of Ethiopia’s disagreement over the World Bank’s role in the stalled technical negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

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Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abuzeid said Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry telephoned his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu to check the veracity of a report by the official Ethiopian news agency, in which Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was quoted as saying the World Bank should not play the role of arbiter in GERD negotiations.

Shoukry also enquired about the timing of Desalegn’s alleged statements ahead of a scheduled tripartite talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

“The technical talks cannot be subject to political interpretations.

“Those who reject the Egyptian proposal should present logical reasons because the situation does not need any more procrastination,” Abuzeid said.

“Egypt will wait till it receives a clear official response from Ethiopia and Sudan to its proposal at the trilateral meeting then decide on the course of action we will take,” the spokesperson said.

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