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Egyptian president to visit Ethiopia to press for changes in dam agreement

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The Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will travel to Addis Ababa on Monday for talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a newspaper reported.

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The Cairo-based al-Masry al-Youm newspaper said that el-Sisi aims to resolve disagreements over GERD and to seek amendments to a framework agreement that was supposed to be signed in Khartoum on the same day.

Among the changes proposed are inclusion of clauses that guarantee Egypt’s historical rights in the Nile waters and seeking a reduction the dam’s storage capacity.

It recalled that the Egyptian leader called for revising the accord during his meeting this week with his ministers of foreign affairs, irrigation and water resources, international cooperation as well as head of intelligence.

The leaders of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia were scheduled to be in Khartoum on Monday for a signing ceremony of an accord on a mechanism for operating GERD.

Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti described this event as “historic” that will be attended by officials from several neighboring and friendly countries.

Karti further said that this accord will form the basis of future detailed agreements that will be negotiated.


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